Most children love to color, but it is not just a way to pass the time. There are so many benefits for children (and adults, too, of course! Those come next…) when they spend some time crayon in their hand.
Benefits of coloring for developing children
1. Coloring helps a child develop hand-eye coordination by practicing to stay within the lines.
2. Coloring helps a child practice holding a writing tool, and strengthens the muscles in the their hands, fingers and wrists. This is important because it helps your child later on when they go to school, and when the school workload increases.
3. Coloring pages introduce your child to not only shapes and colors, but also to more complicated visual aspects such as perspective and patterns. These are great pre-reading and pre-math skills.
4. Coloring helps your child develop patience, and teaches them to pay attention to detail.
5. Coloring gives your child a sense of accomplishment when they have completed a picture. This is something they can be proud of.
6. Coloring is relaxing. Some children find drawing intimidating because they are scared that something won’t come out the way they want it to. Coloring is less stressful for these children.
7. Children learn to plan and visualize an end goal as they decide which colors they are going to use where and what they want their final picture to look like.
8. Coloring can be a great way to spend quality time with your child.
But it’s not only children that benefit from coloring. There are plenty of benefits for Mom or Dad too.
The benefits of coloring for (still developing 🙂 ) adults
1. Stress relief – who can focus on all the grown-up worries with a crayon in their hand? Sometimes it’s good to just forget it all, and spend some time being care-free.
2. Coloring re-teaches us the skill of focus – as adults, our attention often has to all over the show, we need to know how to multitask. Unfortunately, this has led to us forgetting how to focus. Coloring is a great activity that centers you and makes you concentrate only on what you’re doing.
3. Coloring is a wonderful way to express yourself and let off steam – in an adult world, there are sometimes very few ‘safe’ spaces to do this. Coloring is a lovely one.
4. Free artwork – looking for something to liven up the front entry way? You don’t need to pay a fortune for a print from a decor store. Print out one of these and color it yourself. You’ll be so proud of yourself, and you can color it to match your stuff.
There are millions of free printables out there. I know, because I’ve spent the last week looking. Finding good quality coloring pages to download is another story though… most of the stuff is just ‘fluff’ to get you to their website. Well, worry not… I have put together a list of the 7 best places for printable coloring pages. Kids and adults, so that Mom and Dad can color too. If they made it onto this list, I promise you, they really are good!
Best coloring pages for kids :
1. The best place to go for your classic kids printables has to family.disney.com. They have all the latest, that the kids are going to be begging for (Finding Dory, Star wars, and even Elena of Avalor, i had to google it 😉 )
2. kids.nationgeographics.com has a great 48 page booklet that you can download and print full of beautifully drawn animals, including a giant tree frog, giraffe, great white shark and a Jackson’s Chameleon. Because the booklet is so large, don’t be surprised if it takes a little while to load (30 seconds or so), it really is beatifully drawn, and is definately worth the wait!
3. If you are one of those (super cool parents that want to impart wisdom and good taste 🙂 ) parents that enjoy making your kids do things from your past, then allkidsnetwork.com is the place to go for all your retro coloring pages. They have all the old favorites… He-man, G.I.Joe, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake… the list goes on and on… you have to check it out!
4. A great all-round option, i have actually bookmarked kids-n-fun.com for my own personal use from now on. There are over 400 (yes…that’s right!) categories, and all of the pictures that i checked out were really pretty good.
5. A great site that i found called coloringpagesbliss.com has a wonderful selection of hand-drawn motivational coloring pictures that would be very popular with teens and young adults. My older daughter loves Jennifer’s stuff. (You do need to sign up to download her designs, but it is free – and don’t worry, all the fields are not required…i only did my email, name, country and username and all worked fine! )
6. For coloring pages that are a little more complicated, great for Mom (or Dad) or if there’s an older sister or brother that wants to jump in and getting involved in the fun, these amazing pictures from Thaneeya at art-is-fun.com are sure to do the trick.
7. Andreja at easypeasyandfun.com has a great selection of beautifully drawn, intricate pictures to color for all occasions. You can find something for Christmas, Valentine’s day and many more occasions. There’s just so much to choose from that you need to spend some time looking, but everything’s so beautiful, i’m sure you won’t mind!
And just for good measure, here is an extra bunch of great printables from patcatans.com. Because who doesn’t like a little something extra 😉
I hope you’ve found something that caught your eye… now go grab the crayons and the kids, and get coloring! Head on over to Amazon for some great deals! (Affiliate link*)
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