There is no artist, who would buy their children coloring books or taught to paint pictures. What does this mean? Coloring is a kind of framework, hindering the development of the imagination. They contribute to the formation of habits of the finished drawing, in which a flight of fantasy and free creativity is almost impossible.
You should pick soft triquetrous pencils for a small kid. It is sufficient to have a set of six basic colors. When coloring, try pronouncing the name of each color, this helps the baby to remember them.