Both of the kids (even 11 month old Nia) love drawing and I’m on a constant hunt for sturdy art materials. The most sturdy crayons we own are little pyramid crayons from Habitat that the bambino, Saria, hustled me for on a shopping trip last summer. A fiver, but they are the most resilient and seem indestructible. That’s why I like the sound of these chubby pencils – Big Pencils for Small Hands. They have a rounded triangular profile making them easier for gripping and come in a pack of 12 with an extra big sharpener. Â£3.95 Ikon Gallery. For sublime colour (although protect your surfaces!), look no further than Djeco’s gel pastels.