I initially bought crayons for Violet about 6 months ago. It was a bomb--she really wasn't coordinated enough to hold them well and mostly just tried to eat them. But we had been noticing that Violet has much better manual dexterity recently. She will find the tiniest piece of paper on the ground and pick it up. I noticed her interest in a pen when we were out to the lunch the other day, so I decided the pull out the crayons again. This time they were a big hit.