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". Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages. The contribution of bringing far more diversity to the coloring sheets and pages, has been made by the computer and the internet, both have emerged as a greater generator - that has opened an entirely new world of coloring and arena of drawing. Parents make very sizable livings creating, drawing and coloring images for computer animation including video games, movies, commercials and items most parents would never consider, such as some high-quality information websites. These sites are available as a full-fledged career for adults, it is no wonder that the tools and formats employed in this style of artwork have carried down to kids, although on a smaller scale.
Now, everyone is always concerned about time, namely, having too little time. Too many things take up too much time. Errands take time, laundry takes time, meals take time. Add a child or two into the mix and time is of even greater importance. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Lost time is never found again." However, I would have to disagree with Mr. Franklin because of one crucial reason; Benjamin Franklin did not have the Internet. Since I don't believe this quote to be true, the question must be asked; how do I propose we win back our lost time? As far as I'm concerned, it is in this realm of free colouring pages that save the day. Children develop essential skills through such activities and also build inner confidence. You don't need exclusive membership rights to visit such websites. In fact you can take print outs for free for your children. Whether it is Disney character or any other Hollywood character like Spiderman, you can select the best among all for your kid. 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. Best of all of course are free pages that can be printed out at home any time you like. There is so much variety obtainable that as long as they have their pages and something to color with a child will never get bored. For many children, there is no greater gift they can give to Mom or Dad than a picture they coloured all by themselves. Inside or outside of the lines, any page coloured with love and happiness is a masterpiece.
Coloring pages are also very popularly showing holiday ideas, pictures, and characters (such as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny), as well as biblical images, animals, educational themes, storybook themes, scenes in nature, and long retired cartoons. Even rudimentary objects have been changed over into coloring page format, like food, buildings and planes. The lowly printable coloring page is really a chance to show kids a lot of things about the world and best of all you can find coloring pages on just about every theme and idea and they are often free to print out. Printable coloring pages even work well in a pinch. If you have a bunch of kids over and only one unused coloring book left, it's easy enough to go online and print out as many copies of coloring pages as you need. These sites are easy to find on the internet and they provide the child with a chance to explore his creativity. He is all by himself to experiment and learn. The shapes and colors will keep him busy and his mind occupied in making the best use of colors and drawings. Once the drawings are printed he can take them along to his room or to some other part of the house that pleases him. When a child sits down for a coloring session they should be given free rein to express their own personal concepts, allowing their personality and attitudes to shine through. It is fine to help the child learn how to used coloring tools, but when you step aside and let them apply their own special touch to a coloring page, they'll discover a sense of who they are and it will jump start their appetite for knowledge.