9 Best Toys for Drawing and Coloring

These fun toys can help kids improve drawing and coloring skills

School-age kids are really sharpening those fine-motor skills, and love to draw and color and make fun crafts and show off their handiwork. These terrific drawing and coloring toys for kids will help them create beautiful pictures that they can be proud of.

Sidewalk Mandala Stencils

sidewalk Mandala stencil
Alex Toys

Sidewalk mandala stencils are a fun way to get kids drawing beautiful and intricate designs and pictures on the sidewalk. They'll feel a sense of mastery when they create these pictures in chalk with the easy-to-use stencils. Even kids as young as age 5 will be able to make these beautiful designs! ($15.99, ages 5 and up)

Crayola Color Alive

drawing and coloring toys - Crayola Color Alive

The Color Alive series from Crayola, which include kid-favorites such as the Avengers, Disney's Frozen, Skylander, Minions, and Monster High, take coloring to a whole new level. After kids color the pages with the special crayons, which are included, they can use an app to bring the pictures to life. And once a character is saved, kids can access it again later without needing the coloring page. Truly awesome and fun. ($5.99, ages 4 and up)

Light Up Tracing Pad

drawing toys for kids - light up tracing pad

Your child will be able to create beautiful pictures in fine detail with this light up tracing pad from Crayola. It comes with a board that lights up and holds paper securely, more than 100 images that can be used to make an endless combination of pictures, and paper and colored pencils. Your child will get lots of practice making pictures and fine-tuning her drawing skills. And there's even one for Star Wars fans. ($20.99 to $24.99, ages 5 and up)


drawing and coloring toys - Spirograph
Kahootz Toys

This oldie but a goodie is a classic drawing toy for kids for a reason: Spirograph is fun and so rewarding when you finish the complicated designs that are made by simply letting your pen follow the the wheel in the grooved circle. Very Zen, calming, and fun! ($24.99, ages 8 and up)

Alex Draw Like a Pro

drawing and coloring toys for kids - Spirograph
Alex Toys

At around $32, this award-winning toy is a little pricier than other drawing toys for kids. But Draw Like a Pro by Alex is a must-have for any budding artist. Just turn down the lights and switch on the projector and insert a pre-printed picture slide and presto! Your child will be able to trace the picture that appears on the page. It comes with 120 drawings, paper, and projector. ($32, ages 6 and up)

AquaDoodle Mat and Pen

drawing toys for kids - AquaDoodle

The best thing about AquaDoodle is the fact that it's mess-free drawing toy for kids. The mat and pen just use water and the pictures disappear when the mat dries. School-age kids will love it, and even siblings as young as age 2 will be able to make pictures with this fun and no-mess art kit. ($27.99, ages 2 and up)

Kids' Mandalas Coloring Books

drawing and coloring toys for kids - Mandalas coloring book

There's something relaxing about coloring in mandalas (and judging by the enormous popularity of adult coloring books, many grownups have discovered that coloring intricate designs, like mandalas, can be a great way to relieve stress and concentrate on a relaxing activity). Mandala coloring books for kids have easier designs that kids can work on alongside mom and dad, who can do the grownup versions.

Ed Emberley Drawing Books

drawing toys for kids - Ed Emberley drawing books
LB Kids

Ed Emberley's drawing books for kids are as fun for kids as they are ingenious. Emberley knows how to break down the process of drawing and tailor it to kids, such as by using shapes to make animals or trucks and trains. They really teach kids how to draw, but kids won't know they're learning because they're having so much fun. ($6, ages 7 and up)

The Usborne Color by Numbers Book

drawing and coloring toys - The Usborne coloring book
Usborne Books

The beautiful drawings in Usborne's Color by Numbers Book are fun for kids to color, those younger school-age kids will probably need a grownup's help with some of the smaller parts of the pictures. Kids will love coloring by the numbers and then seeing elements become revealed--such as parrots hiding among leaves--as they work on their picture. ($5.99, ages 3 and up)

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