Have you heard of this new trend? It’s what moms have known for generations…coloring is fun! But last week it made international news when some adult coloring books made the Amazon top seller list. 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.
Somehow “coloring inside the lines” gets a bad rap. Like if you color inside the lines or give a child a book to do just that, you are stifling creativity or not being creativity. While there is some truth to that, the value and benefits from coloring inside the lines should not be dismissed.
Therapeutic benefits of coloring
- task completion
- fine motor
- story telling (why did you color it that way?)
- language development
- peaceful, calming
- can be done independently or in a group
- hand eye coordination
- helps to unlock creativity
- attention to detail
Now, I’m sure that the media and marketers will ruin this and overdo it…but you don’t have to overthink it. If you have kids, you likely already have crayons, markers and pastels in your home. (I’m sure some marketer will take existing crayons, slap a new label on it geared towards adults and jack up the price!) You don’t need new stuff, though you may wish to find pictures that are more appealing to you than the Curious George coloring book that I see laying 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 searchers that will bring me.
Earlier today I wrote 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.
Just like with coloring pages and coloring books for kids, the assortment for adults is varied. There may not be as huge a variety, but it’s there. And just like with the kids, some coloring books and pages are free and some cost money. Here are some options for both. If you want to color something other than mandalas, you may have to search around a bit. 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
free printable coloring pages for adults
See also: 14 unusual coloring books for adults