Coloring books are where most kids start to develop their artistic dexterity. They are available relatively cheap, they are often related to cartoon characters or objects familiar to very young children. They provide guidelines for children who are learning to control their hand movements by "coloring inside the lines". Coloring printouts can also be obtained through libraries and bookstores specifically meant for kids. But why to spend money when they are available for free. You just need to spend over the crayons needed to color such pages. Children keep themselves engaged in an educational activity which proves to be a great learner for them. So what are you waiting for? It's the right time to get some free coloring printouts for your kids. 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.
Believe it or not, there is now a way for children to create their very own iron-on transfers with some new technology that has been developed. The Magic Color Page is transfer paper that has been specially developed for kids. They can draw on this transfer paper just as if they were creating their own picture in a coloring book. When you are planning to hold a Sponge-Bob birthday party, try to send the invitations around 2-3 weeks ahead of the party date. Order matching invitations or make your own. Cut a starfish or pineapple shapes from card stock paper. That said make sure that the kid prints those coloring pages on a used sheet of paper and tell the kid not to waste paper. That way you will also make sure that he grows onto to become and environmentally conscious individual. Some cool crayons that you can find are the metallic or glitter ones. Kids love playing with the new media that manufacturers are coming out with these days. Gel pens are even good for the kids to play with. Hopefully you'll put a blanket down in the backseat so that the kids won't get ink or crayon wax on the upholstery while you're driving.
Check around at your local cheap shop for a 100 to 150 page coloring activity book and then carefully tear out the pages or cut them out. You will then see that this will give you one page with two pictures on it front and back. Get your child to pick through the pictures until they find one that they want to color in and let them go to it. When they have finished that picture turn it over and get them to color in the other side of the picture. This will keep them entertained for ages if they are tempted to just color one color then encourage them to make it more colorful because you something special planned for their picture once they have finished but they need to make it colorful. 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!". All the reasons listed above prove that coloring pages is a great educational tool for children. If you have children visiting for the holidays this is an activity that they can all do together. You can display the completed coloring pages for everyone too when they come over too. The kids are going to love all of the attention that they get from this. You can even consider a coloring contest or a small bag of treats for each child who completes one of them.