Recently my children were given a set of artist-quality colored pencils. Sure we've got a set of standard issue colored pencils at home which were never that popular. From the minute they put pencil to paper, they were a hit.
And if I think about it, it's true. Whenever the kids use a cheap set of watercolor paints or cheap paintbrushes, they become frustrated and then lose interest. The colors aren't saturated enough and what they see in the container is not the color that gets transferred onto the paper. Even though better quality art supplies cost more, if taken care of properly they last longer and give a better experience to your child. I know I'm probably preaching to the choir here but the hour plus drawing and coloring session I witnessed this weekend made me a believer!
In case you are wondering, my brother gave us a set of the Lyra Giant Colored Pencils. While hunting around I found this snake pencil holder made of Alder wood, perfect for keeping colored pencils on hand. It's available at Nova Natural for $18.
(Image: Nova Natural)