Family Time Calendar: Coloring

Have your budding artists tired of expressing themselves with crayons? With some simple tools, you can give them an entirely new coloring-book experience.

What you'll need:

  • Coloring books
  • Crayons, pastels, chalk, colored pencils
  • Texture or rubbing plates
  • Ruler
  • Paper towels
  • Tracing paper


What you'll do:

  • Place texture or rubbing plates under the coloring-book design, and then let the kids use crayons or colored pencils to color the picture, which will be enhanced by the patterns.
  • Instead of just coloring in the design, kids can use a ruler to draw parallel lines of color to fill in the space. Or suggest that they fill in the design with dots of color, like the Impressionists. The closer the dots, the more intense the color.
  • For a modern look, challenge kids to use only colors that are not typical for the design, like orange faces, purple trees and red tires.
  • If they're working with crayons, use a paper towel to gently rub the color into the paper. It will look polished and smooth.
  • Instead of crayons, try using colored pencils, chalk or pastels for intense or delicate shading. Some pastels are now sold in pencil form, eliminating messy fingers!
  • For sketching practice, lay a sheet of tracing paper over a coloring book's design and have kids trace it with a pencil. When they're done, they can color it in.


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