Let's first start with using crayons. It's usually one of the first coloring material introduced to little children because it's perfect for kids to use since there's jumbo sized ones that they can easily handle without breaking it in half. It's also a great material for bigger kids and even grown_ups because it has a wide range of colors to choose from.
Professional level pencils like Derwent or Prismacolor offer the best quality and typically are the most expensive pencils to buy. The wax in these pencils is softer and the colors are a higher pigment providing brighter colors. The soft application allows blending and shading.