Retro: Colored Pencils

colored pencilsGive kids a break from swiping phone and tablet screens. Colored pencils are an excellent gift that help develop fine motor skills.

Children under three years of age do best with the chubby, extra thick colored pencils. The color is more vibrant than washable crayons, and the pencils are less likely to snap in half. Sharpen just enough for little kids. As soon as your child can hold a thick pencil, drawing is all about lines and scribbling—drawing something that looks like something develops around three years of age.

For older children, regular-sized colored pencils come in every color. They last a long time and don’t dry out like markers.

 

 

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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