National Coloring Book day stems from the modern craze in “Adult” coloring books… At Happy Hive Homeschooling, we believe coloring is an ageless activity and has many benefits.
The first coloring book for children was invented in 1879 by The McLoughlin Brothers, a New York publishing firm that was later sold to Milton Bradley.
The Little Folks’ Painting Book, was a critical step in making “coloring books” popular among children.
You see, ADULTS had been learning to paint with “books you color yourself” for some time. So Adult coloring books were truly the first coloring books.
Painting Books –
Wax crayons were not invented until 1903, therefore watercolors were the way in which these early books were colored by adults, and children alike. They were not called coloring books like we call them today, but instead were called “painting books.”
Coloring as Enrichment –
Adding color makes a picture come to life. Coloring books are for fun and in no way should replace other forms of art especially drawing on your own. If your learner enjoys coloring by all means let them color. Coloring pages make a creative addition to lessons and art activities but are not something the Happy Hive use as busywork.
Coloring pages can be used to complement lessons, to relax, or to introduce a topic. Using crayons, colored pencils, pastels or even watercolor paints as they did in the beginnings of coloring books, your coloring can truly be a work of art.
“Coloring Books” from Homeschool Holiday –
Homeschool Holiday has put together 2 unique coloring products you won’t find anywhere else!
Detailed Designs and Mighty Mosaics.
The Detailed Designs line contain holiday themed pages and some additional “general” coloring pages for anytime use.
The Mighty Mosaics are along the line of the “adult” coloring books with repeated patterns. Each contains a title of what we call a HERO quality you can use for discussion.
How to Celebrate –
Celebrate National Coloring book day with these great products or by :
Creating your own coloring book by drawing line art for a younger sibling or friend
Host a coloring party where everyone comes over to color (Give a new box of crayons to all!)
Host a coloring contest
Splurge on some new coloring supplies
If you want to snag a set of FREE coloring pages for Coloring Book day you can! There is a sample pack of the Homeschool Holiday curriculum in our EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS’S ONLY area – The Curriculum Club.
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