Coloring books became evil in our home about 9 months ago. I read a book about teaching art to children. This book started out by influencing parents not to let children have coloring books. It made sense to me. They are coloring in something someone else made. How can they use their own creativity in that? My years of enjoying coloring books were thrown out the window. I gathered all our coloring books and threw them out. For nine months long we were coloring book-less. We drew on only paper. I don't feel my children suffered from this at all. I also don't see that they benefited greatly from it. They didn't grow leaps and bounds faster in their art abilities from not having access to the coloring books.
Then I read at Let Kids Create about the benefits of coloring books. Seems I am a quick flip-flopper on this issue. I think years of coloring and loving it myself made me lean fast back towards the pro coloring book side of the pendulum. I went out the next day and bought each of my kids a new coloring book. I had been wanting to get some every time I went to the dollar store anyway. I mean you can't beat a buck!
When I got home with the coloring books, the joy in my kids face made me all the more glad I did. I got James a Star Wars coloring book, Grace a Dora book, and Ally a Littlest Pet Shop book. James has a passion for Star Wars right now. He started the book by coloring all the weapons on every page. Then he went through and colored every page within a week. His coloring skills are mad. What a kid! Stays in the lines and works hard to use good colors that are correct and all. Ally is more into the work book pages that were thrown in throughout the book. She loves using her mind in that way. Grace had really never used a coloring book before. I acutally didn't even give hers to her until yesterday when Grace and I took some time coloring. I found with her that she finished her page in 1.5 seconds.
Does your toddler finish coloring their page in no time flat?My solution for this is to sit down and color with them. I got her from the 1.5 second up to about 5 minutes. That is a great amount of time for a 2 year old to do something so I was pleased.
|Starting out. I love that she tried to use her eye hand coordination to color in the objects.|
|Done! After this photo she walked away ready to play. I quickly ripped out a page for me and started coloring myself.|
|In no time after I started coloring, Grace came back and started searching for more colors and became interested in doing more.|
|Probably 4 or more minutes later. she also colored the other side of the page as well.|
What are your thoughts on coloring books? Are they evil? A necessary pleasure for all kids? What are your reasons for thinking the way you do?