I love this new trend! It’s what moms have known for generations; coloring is fun! But it made international news when some adult coloring books made the Amazon top seller list.

Adult Coloring Book Pages

Kids love coloring, and it’s easy to see why. It’s calming and peaceful. And now, researchers are finding some therapeutic benefits as well.

An adult coloring a free mandala coloring page.

Somehow “coloring inside the lines” gets a bad rap. If you color inside the lines or give a child a book to do just that, you are stifling creativity or not being creative.

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While there is some truth, the value and benefits of coloring inside the lines should not be dismissed.

I have several coloring books, sets of crayons, colored pencils, and markers. I often have both boys sit down, and we do it together. Both kids enjoy it despite having very different skill levels.

I love the new trend of more mature or adult-themed books and printables. This way, tweens and teens (and even older) can work on fine motor skills without using a babyish or preschool-level coloring book.

If it’s Christmas time, don’t miss: Free Christmas Coloring Pages

Therapeutic Benefits of Coloring

I love adding coloring pages or coloring to my clients’ IEPs. Coloring is so easy to individualize, and almost everyone loves to do it. And since coloring is being embraced by adults and teens alike, it’s perfect for any age.

  • task initiation (coloring something is an easy task to start for many)
  • task completion (make sure you choose a page that the person can complete)
  • practice and develop fine motor skills
  • storytelling (why did you color it that way?)
  • language development
  • peaceful, calming
  • can be done independently or in a group
  • hand-eye coordination or visual motor skills
  • helps unlock creativity
  • attention to detail

Coping Skills Coloring Pages

Here is the 26-page PDF of the coping skills coloring pages. You can scroll past the coloring sheets if you need instructions on how to download and print them. It is not recommended that you try it on a phone or tablet. Wait until you have access to a computer.

I’m sure the media and marketers will ruin this and overdo it, but you don’t have to overthink it. You likely already have crayons, markers, and pastels in your home if you have kids.

You don’t need new stuff, though you may wish to find pictures more appealing than the Curious George coloring book I see lying on my kids’ floor.

No disrespect to George, of course; we love him! But it’s ok if you want to color some more intricate or advanced pages; I hesitate to use the word “adult coloring pages” because who knows what type of internet searches will bring me.

I have a post about age-appropriate activities. Younger kids “color,” and older kids “do art.” But whatever you call it, coloring is great and can be used with any age group.

The assortment for adults is varied, like coloring pages and coloring books for kids. And just like with the kids, some coloring books and pages are free, and some cost money.

Here are some options for both. You may have to search a bit to color something other than mandalas.

What is it with all the mandalas? Just because coloring is a Zen activity doesn’t mean that all we want to color is Buddhist stuff!

Where to Buy Adult Coloring Books

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Dover Publications
  • Joann
  • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
  • Just about anywhere now (this is an older post, several years ago, they were harder to find then)

Free Coloring Pages for Adults and Teens

Here are some options for free coloring pages. I found that the Crayola website has some very simple options that are still educational.

For example, they have a world flags section, and some of the flags are simple designs. That way, if you work with disabled teens and adults, it’s not babyish if that’s a concern for you.

But first, here are some free coloring pages that I have to share. And I am certain that the links work!

Visit our massive assortment of coloring pages!

  1. 15 Free Printable Leprechaun Coloring Pages (PDFs)
  2. 77 Free Coloring Pages for Easter (Printable PDF)
  3. 34 Free Easter Bunny Coloring Pages (Printable PDF)
  4. 31 Free Easter Egg Coloring Pages (Printable PDFs)
  5. 22 Free Printable Pokemon Coloring Pages (PDFs)
  6. Free 4th of July Coloring Pages
  7. 10 Free Mardi Gras Coloring Pages (including Mardi Gras Masks)
  8. Free Super Mario Coloring Pages PDF
  9. Pi Day Coloring Pages
  10. 10 Free Shamrock Coloring Pages for St. Patrick’s Day
  11. 35 Free Winter Coloring Pages
  12. 8 Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages
  13. 12 Free Printable Chinese Zodiac Coloring Pages
  14. 10 Free Snowflake and Snowman Coloring Pages
  15. 25 Free Christmas Coloring Pages (printable PDF)
  16. 28 Free Halloween Coloring Pages
  17. 25 Free, Printable Adult Coloring Pages PDFs
  18. 20 Free Bird Coloring Pages
  19. St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages
  20. Free 50 States Coloring Book
  21. 8 Free Star Wars Connect the Dots Printable Pages
  22. St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number
  23. Summer Coloring Pages
  24. Simple Coloring Worksheets
  25. 26 Free Coping Skills Coloring Pages
  26. Solar System Coloring Pages
  27. Kindness Coloring Pages

How to Download and Print PDFs from this site

If you are having trouble downloading and printing the fun stuff on this site, please watch the short video below. Or you can:

  • Look for the little download arrow in the upper right-hand corner and click it.
  • If the printable is not appearing (you see white space), try refreshing the page and/or clearing your browser cache. Otherwise, your browser or your ad blocker may be preventing it from showing.

I am listing the website names but not the links. This is an older post; whenever I try to update it, the websites still exist, but the links change.

Then folks email me to tell me that the link doesn’t work.

  • Color Pages for Moms
  • Crayola
  • Coloring Pages for Adults/Just Color
  • Zen and anti-stress coloring pages
  • Mandalas
  • Super Coloring

Coloring Pages for Adults

Whenever you look for coloring pages or see an assortment of coloring books for sale, you see mandalas.

Mandala is a complex, symmetrical, or asymmetrical ornament representing a microcosm of the entire universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a circle depicted as symbolic gates of the cosmos.

Mandalas are commonly used as an aid to meditation and as an advanced anti-stress therapy. Each mandala is different and unique. It can be represented as a Tibetan oriental pattern for beginners or a complicated, intricate image for experts.

Work hard while coloring mandala, open your heart and fall into the depth of your own soul!

I love all the new options. So much fun. They make a perfect gift, and with winter coming, a real boredom beater!

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