Friday, August 2 is National Coloring Book Day! Read on to learn why coloring is a great activity for kids, as well as some ways you can celebrate National Coloring Book Day.
Why Coloring Is Important
Coloring is a fantastic activity for little ones. Grasping a crayon or marker helps kids develop fine motor skills and hand strength, which in turn helps them learn the mechanics of writing.
Coloring encourages kids to be creative—whether they’re drawing freehand or working on a coloring book page—and to express themselves through art.
Kids also learn how to focus on a task by picking a coloring book page to work on until it’s complete. This sense of follow-through is important as kids get ready for school and learn how to work on activities and tasks in a focused environment.
Coloring is something kids can do on their own when they’re bored. Rather than turn to a screen, encourage your kids to get into the habit of picking up a box of crayons and a coloring book and entertaining themselves with a world of colors and shapes.
But coloring isn’t just for kids. Adult coloring books have been popular in recent years. Coloring is a great stress relief—one study found that coloring in geometric patterns reduced anxiety levels in adults. Plus, it’s a fun, simple, and cheap activity you can do alongside your kids, no matter where you are.
Ideas for Celebrating National Coloring Book Day
Have fun picking out a coloring book at the store or printing off free coloring pages from online with your kids. There are so many options to choose from that you’ll be able to find images that your kids are excited to color. For example, Concordia Publishing House has free coloring pages available from The Story Bible. The National Coloring Book Day website also offers free printable coloring pages.
Get some of your kid’s friends together for a coloring party. It doesn’t have to be complicated—just meet somewhere and bring your coloring utensil of choice, whether that’s crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
Speaking of different ways to color, try them all on National Coloring Book Day! If your kid usually goes for markers, suggest switching things up and coloring a page with crayons for a different look. Or try using two types of coloring on the same page—like crayons and colored pencils—to create different textures and patterns on one coloring book page.
Share your beautiful creations with friends and family online with the hashtag #nationalcoloringbookday. You can ooh and ahh over other people’s creative coloring pages by viewing posts tagged with the hashtag, too.Celebrating National Coloring Book Day? Share your coloring pages with us by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram.