|Remember coloring books? I used to sit and color for hours when
I was a kid. I still love the fresh possiblity of a brand new
coloring book, its clean pages just waiting to be filled with
bright colors of my choosing. Coloring books aren't a thing of
the past, and nowadays you can find awesome coloring books with
very detailed and technical pictures, as well as educational
themes that teach history and other concepts. Let's turn off
the TV and hand a kid a coloring book instead.
Rediscover Coloring BooksWith
the world of computers, children are learning to do everything
on them. What ever happened to coloring books? They seem to
have faded into the woodwork as technology has taken the
forefront. Teach your children a love for good old-fashioned
coloring again. Buy them a coloring book.
The basic concept of coloring books has not changed in the last
twenty years or so. They are books filled with outlined
pictures that children use crayons to decorate. In fact, the
whole point of crayons was for coloring books. Crayons were
less messy than paints and they made different types of lines
depending on how you held them. If you used the point, the line
was thin and bold. If you used the side of the crayon, the line
was wide and lighter. The main rule that teachers wanted
children to learn was how to stay inside the lines. As long as
you stayed within the confines of the pre-printed picture, you
could do anything.
Coloring books suspended the concept of reality. You may have a
picture of a house and a sun on the page, but who said that the
sun had to be yellow? With the invention of new colors beyond
the basic eight or ten colors came a whole new world of color
for kids. The sun could be an orange-red and the sky could be
periwinkle or midnight blue instead of the standard light blue
or blue. The grass could be forest green or lime green instead
of light or dark green. Pictures of ordinary animals and
objects became extraordinary with a little bold coloring.
Crayons were the paint and the coloring book was the canvas for
creating new works of art.
Coloring books are teaching tools. Since kids weren’t allowed
to write in their textbooks at school, companies created
coloring books that also taught the letters of the alphabet and
shapes. As the child looks at the letter “T” and makes the
sound, they can also trace the letter with a crayon. On a
coloring book page, you could draw anything else you wanted. It
was yours and only yours to do with as you wished. Coloring
books tell bible stories and nursery rhymes. They also have
coloring books for holidays where you can color Easter eggs and
Christmas trees and cut them out for decorations. Coloring
books became functional.
Now, children have no-line coloring books. With these, the
children have a page where they are supposed to draw the object
themselves, like a butterfly, and then color it. They can be
the picture creator and its painter. Story books have become
coloring books. A child can learn to read a classic story and
color the pictures when they are through. The possibilities are
endless, but the fun of drawing is there, too. You don’t even
have to stay inside the lines if you don’t want to.
Coloring books are larger now, too. I have seen coloring books
as tall as a small child. They contain poster-sized pictures of
people and places. When I was in Sunday school as a child, I
won a wall sized nativity map that I could color and then hang
on my wall to display. Coloring books have come a long way, but
are they being replaced by video games and painting programs on
the computer? As long as parents keep buying them, they will
have an important place in the lives of children.
Bring back the love of coloring to your child. Buy them a
coloring book today. Computers will still be there when they
get older. For now, let them explore for themselves through the
pages of a coloring book.
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