Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages. Just like guided meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and worries and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, like painting or writing. The participants who are more guarded find a lot of tranquility in coloring images. It feels safer for them and it creates containment around the coloring process. The first coloring book, "The Little Folks' Paint Book" was published in 1879. Crayola introduced the crayon in 1903. And the average American child spends 28 minutes a day coloring and wears down about 730 crayons by the age of 10. Between parents and schools, roughly 2.5 billion crayons are purchased each year.
Variety. Most websites have both online coloring books and printable coloring sheets. This offers a huge variety in coloring activities and images. The variety offered enables parents and educators to introduce new coloring projects on a daily basis. Some of the categories of coloring projects that you will find on online coloring sites are characters, animals, holidays and educational lessons. A great holiday activity would be to find a printable coloring sheet for the current holiday and have the children decorate it. Occasionally, you'll find official cartoon or TV character sites (such as PBS programs) will make available coloring pages for free to their fans. And there are many other sites that distribute coloring pages of those copyrighted characters. Sounds like dangerous legal ground ...but, surprisingly, I've never heard of any of these sites being prosecuted for copyright infringement. So they'll probably continue to make them available. In the most basic sense, the act of applying colored media to intricate line drawings is a benefit to relaxation and stress reduction. You are able to put the outside world aside for the moment and focus on the art of coloring singularly. As she is leaving, her final request is often for me to print a few more pages for her to take home or even a large batch so she can share with her friends when they visit. Of course, as always I am too happy to oblige. Especially as it's so cheap to print them out. Few things are so cheap but can still make a child so happy these days.
Once they are finished there a few different things that you can do with their terrific art work that your kids will think is very special. One is to laminate it and use it as a placemat for them to put their dinner plate on and eat their dinner off of They will be proud as punch to sit down at the table with their own artwork on display at it. Another is to put it in a display folder with clear sleeves to display both sides of their picture this works well because your child can go to their display folder and look at their work and also you will have a neat folder to display their work for years to come, and the other is to stick it up on their bedroom window so when they are inside they can see the picture but when they are playing outside they can see the other picture that they have colored in. So as you can see their are many uses for kid coloring pages. Free printable coloring pages for kids are a perfect way of engaging them when you don't want them to go and play outside. Apart from that they also let kids to express their creativity through the use of colors. One of the best things about these printable pages is that you can get them for free. You can easily find thousands of pages to choose from on the internet. All you need is a computer and a printer. There are a lot of ways in which you can give your kids the printable coloring sheets. You can either take individual coloring sheets or you can bind together related coloring sheets so that they form a story. Think of the coloring pages that you do not have to buy for your child. Yes, it is possible if you want to go online search a little for the long list of sites that are offering free online coloring. No more hassle to select the shop, go there and try finding the favorite cartoon character of your child. One, the favorite animated characters are not always available for sale. Sometimes you have to visit more than one shop to find the coloring book of your child's choice. Being a parent you have to find time to buy all the coloring stuff but if you go online there is a treasure of coloring sites that await you. You just have to get them printed If you have a little girl in your family then she is probably similar to my niece in that she wants to be a Princess when she grows up. I suspect it's down to all the Disney films she has watched religiously since she was very young. I haven't the heart to tell her that unless she marries a Prince soon she hasn't much chance. And no, I certainly don't know any royalty!