Coloring in and out of the lines still carries the same happy, busy bee nostalgia of years gone by, but these days it seems kids are more interested in sitting in front of screens than putting crayon to paper. If you’re looking for a way to switch things and redirect your child’s attention to something educational while offering them unlimited room to satisfy their creative endeavors, then a good ol’ coloring book might do the trick.
Coloring books have also been shown to help with stress, self-expression, motor skills, and overall focus, according to Color Psychology.
That being said, here are six great options to get you started!
The human body is beautifully complicated with its intricate systems and organs, teach your child about our anatomical makeup with The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit. The book features 162 two-page spreads with a brilliant color-key system that’ll help your child make visual associations to key terms as they color their way through. There are no age suggestions here, but I do think older kids will benefit the most from this one.
Blow your little one’s mind by introducing them to letters, numbers, shapes, and animals all in one place. My First Toddler Coloring Book is recommended for ages 1-3 and promises to teach fundamental concepts like reading and counting through coloring.
Does your child’s eyes go wide with fascination at the mention of space exploration? If yes, then you should consider picking up The Little Engineer Coloring Book. This book covers everything from how astronauts landed on the moon to satellites to modern rocket ships. This one is recommended for toddlers, who’ll enjoy adding colorful hues to the images, and older kids up to 12 years old, who’ll be able to grasp concepts while they color. You’ll also receive a digital download code so the fun never has to end.
If you’ve got a little girl in your life then consider gifting her something that’ll remind her of her beauty while inspiring her to be brave and confident in a world that isn’t always kind. This coloring book comes with over 22 pages filled with whimsical black-and-white line drawings and words of affirmation that’ll teach your daughter to love herself a little bit harder and give her room to explore her creativity. It’s recommended for girls 3-8.
Teach your little one about the great big world with the Around the World Coloring Book. Here you’ll find pages and pages of maps, flags, landmarks, and natural resources of countries like Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, India, Spain, France, Nigeria, and others. Your child will learn new facts while leaving their colorful mark on the world. Recommended for children 8-11.
Give your sweet one a chance to expand their creativity by recreating classic fairy tales. Maybe Little Red would prefer a purple riding on her next adventure or maybe Goldilocks is just tired of her shade of gold, there are no limits. Recommended for kiddies 3-6.