The benefits of coloring books for kids cannot be overestimated. It's not just entertainment, which can permanently keep the child interested, but also gives some free time for parents to make all necessary household chores; it is also an excellent developing material. Combining a game and a hobby such «coloring pages» will help improve the child's imagination, develop creative skills, visual memory and fine motor skills that will prepare a child's hand for the writing skills.
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.