My lil one loves to grab pens, markers, and paper and draw on them 'till her heart's content. And being craft minded myself, I have tried to encourage her artsy inclinations by showing her how to scribble instead of poke through the paper.
Recently I discovered Crayola Tadoodles markers, which are more suited for a 16–month–old than a ball-point pen. King of kid colors, Crayola introduced the easy-to-grasp animal ball-shaped washable markers for beginning artists. Also known as "First Marks," the doodlers are specially designed to not dry out as they reactivate by simple reuse.
Tadoodles are worry free and fun all wrapped into one!