Just like reading stories in picture/illustrated books with their children, parents often use coloring pages to teach children and stretch their imagination. Standard coloring pages provide outlines within which children can color, but some art educators believe that free-form pages are an even better tool. A good example of these coloring books can be found at CreativeColoringBooks. So, ask your child about there ideas of free coloring pages and look for it. These activities are actually a good thing, coloring can help make your child feel that he or she is a great artist. It will definitely help them develop a great sense of self-esteem. So, as a parent, it must start within your hands. Children who spend time coloring and painting in their growing up years are studied to have an improved concentration, and also creative in their work. They are trained to think and be creative in their thinking, and have ability to perceive and grasp better. These days you can collect interesting coloring pages from the internet.
If you haven't experienced Handy Manny yet then I can recommend you do so! First launched by Disney in 2006, this helpful handyman is a great role model for kids of all ages. As a parent I find it refreshing to have a positive character for my young boys to watch. Like all Disney programs for children there is no violence but what I enjoy the most is the fact Manny doesn't use computers. It is good to see a show that teaches the benefits of gaining real world skills and the rewards of having a trade. For the last few years kid's coloring pages printed from the Internet have become an very serious competitor to the coloring books purchased in the store. Now you don't need to pick one of the various themes to buy for your child. You can get it all. Nowadays nearly every animated cartoon character has a website with free printables or coloring pages as a bonus. You can use the kid coloring sheets you find for fun and also for educating your little ones. Number coloring sheets or counting, connect the dots and other varieties will allow your child to not only enjoy some color time but to also strengthen their brain and learn in the process. Coloring is a great activity to help keep the creative side of the brain alive and well. Another idea is to take the cut out characters and add them into a new scene of your making. Get a bigger blank piece of paper and stick them in to make an action packed scene, or as my youngest calls it, "A Party!".
In fact when the internet came initially people were less aware about its utility but now parents can get their kids wonderful growing opportunities. It can either be downloaded or can be used over monitor itself. The online coloring stuff with printable option might be the best of its kind as the child does not have to finish his coloring in one go, he can wait and try his hand whenever he wants to. Or he can get the prints once he is done with the artwork online. What pleases you more? The child who is happy and busy or the one who is always complaining of not getting the stuff he wants to color. Of course the latter option can be the choice. Once they are done, we often grab our child safe scissors and cut out the figures on the pages. From there we have the choice of putting them up around the house or adding them into a scrapbook. Trust me once they start scrapbooking these, you will end up with loads of books full of pictures which you will treasure more and more as they grow up. I intend to try and embarrass my kids with these on their future wedding days! There are Spongebob coloring books you can buy at many retailers or online. By doing so you will always have a stack of these coloring pages around that can be used. They don't have to be a holiday theme though to be a big hit around that time of year. You will want to get your hands on them so that you can keep everyone relaxed.