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Kendall Rayburn
BY Kendall Rayburn

National Coloring Book Day: 7 Coloring Must-Haves for Kids with Special Needs

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National Coloring Book Day: 7 Coloring Must-Haves for Kids with Special Needs


There are many benefits of arts and crafts time for kids with special needs. From building confidence, to boosting self-esteem, having a good art therapy session can just refresh your whole outlook on things. Participating in art can help kids with special needs express themselves, get sensory stimulation, and even learn social skills. Every child, special needs or not, has a world of creativity inside them just waiting to be unlocked.

One of the most magical lines of any poem for me is the following by Shel Silverstein:

And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”


For me the line represents individuality, creativity, and hope for what’s to come. It makes me believe that every child (or adult) special needs or not has the ability to share something new and different with the world.

So, with today being National Coloring Book Day, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some fun crayons and coloring pages so you can join in on the fun with your little one (or just yourself!).

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1 | Crayon Rocks

Crayon Rocks crayons are made from U.S.–grown and processed Kosher soy wax and are colored using natural mineral pigments. Crayon Rocks are non–toxic and eco-friendly.

crayon rocks



2 | Finger Crayons (set of 30)

Finger Crayons are durable and stackable crayons that can be placed right on your finger!

7 National Coloring Book Day Must-Haves

3 | Jumbo Crayons

The Melissa and Doug company created these fun crayons that are made out of plastic (not wax) for extra durability and are designed to be easier to grasp. Bonus, because of the flat sides, they won’t roll away on you! These crayons pair perfectly with their Jumbo Coloring Pad, too!

7 National Coloring Book Day Must-Haves

5 | Washable Chubby Markers (set of 16)

Colorations® Washable Chubby Markers are a classroom favorite. They have a sturdy nylon, conical tip that is pointed for making fine lines and filling large spaces. Bonus, these markers do not contain the following (if your child has one of the following sensitivities): Latex, Dairy & Casein, Egg, Gluten, Peanut & Tree Nut oil, and Soy.

7 National Coloring Book Day Must-Haves

6 | Do-A-Dot Art!™ Brilliant Markers

Do-A-Dot Markers are non-toxic, washable, and most importantly, colorful! The ink dries quickly, and they can be used for many different projects! You can find lots of free printable Do-A-Dot Marker sheets online that are sure to bring our your child’s creativity!

7 National Coloring Book Day Must-Haves

7 | Popular Coloring Books for Kids

Looking for something to color on? Check out the selection of popular kid’s coloring books on Amazon, you’re sure to find something your child will love!

7 National Coloring Book Day Must-Haves

Books Pictured: Life Under the Sea Ocean Kids | My First Big Book of Coloring | The Little ABC Coloring Book | Dinosaurs

7 |  Special Needs Free Coloring Pages Download

Don’t have time to run to the store for a coloring book? No problem! Fellow special needs mom Sue Nuenke has created free coloring pages that feature kiddos with disabilities and you can download them for free on her site. There are several categories of photos, everything from season-specific to sports, the site houses over 240 fun pages so make sure you save the link for later!

7 National Coloring Book Day Must-Haves


So tell us, what are YOUR child’s favorite coloring tools/books?

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