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.