The first coloring book, "The Little Folks' Paint Book" was published in 1879. Crayola introduced the crayon in 1903. And the average American child spends 28 minutes a day coloring and wears down about 730 crayons by the age of 10. Between parents and schools, roughly 2.5 billion crayons are purchased each year. Learning the color of a chair, or an elephant, of flowers, sun, zebra, parrot etc, will not need mugging up, but mere practical activity that will leave an everlasting impression on these little developing minds. You can also engage them in activities like creating new colors by mixing 2 or 3 colors. This will make them understand the evolution of different colors, which is fun too.. Long road trips can be a big hassle, especially when you've got a couple of kids in the backseat fighting with each other, and they'll definitely need some distractions like coloring books, crayons, and coloring pages. Average eight hours a day of driving and negotiation with the kids to stay calm in the backseat and its enough to make you not only stressed out, but even sick. There are hundreds of different themes you can find in the coloring pages starting from funny cartoon's characters to very informative pictures like alphabet, figures and so on. And thanks to coloring books by the preschool age many children already know the alphabet and how to count. By painting any of the letters in coloring pages they can learn how to write letters and be able to recognize them making the process of learning to read much easier. Thus, coloring pages are a very educational tool for young minds.
Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it's a form of personal expression, as well. When one colors, all negative emotions should wear off. Once you empty your brain and heart of those negative feelings that make you stressed out, there should be more room for positivity. Since you are positive and filled with good energy after coloring, there must be no difficulty in continuing your job with full productivity. Internet is a hub of free coloring printouts for kids. Parents or pre-school teachers can easily access a variety of such coloring pages. They can select the best ones for their kid after considering certain factors. Then they can take out prints using good quality printer. All you need is just a computer at your home.