My youngest child enjoys saying that the care bears must be a million years old, the same age as me. As I stare at him I do not laugh because he made a funny statement but because I imagine the day when he is sitting at the table with his child and they make the same joke to him.
A peaceful, productive way for a child to pass her time is a coloring book and a package of crayons; whether in a waiting room, in the car, at school, or other places. It can be a healthy imaginative release and, for numerous parents, a much-needed respite!
And more often than not children want to watch TV or play games on the computer whenever there seems to be nothing else to do. Think about this, how often do you see children running around while playing outside? These days the answer is seldom to never are children playing outside. And there are many reasons for this too, it's often times just too dangerous for kids to play outside unattended.
Coloring printouts are the best part in any kid's lives to express their feelings, ideas, thoughts and creative imagination. In fact it amuses parents when they see their child's performance. Sometimes kids exhibit stunning performances while showcasing their skills in application of colors.
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.
Dad and Mom, don't try to tell her that kittens aren't pink. Certainly there must be a kitten somewhere in the world that is pink. And if there is not yet then just wait until her creativity takes control of the situation. There soon will be. She will love coloring the kittens and princesses so much she may not want to stop. This is one activity that will be good to encourage as it will help her strengthen her mind in a fantastic creative manner.
Our favorites are a special collection of free dinosaur coloring pages by Paul Stickland, author of the great toddler book Dinosaur Roar! These dinosaurs are full of character and a big hit in our house.