I’m not sure about you, but I can still remember certain smells from my childhood. My mother cooking my favourite meal while I was waiting for my father to come home from work. Arrowroot cookies. And most memorable: the smell of a new colouring book and a fresh box of crayons.
I used to spend countless hours filling in images of Disney characters or Barbie. Like most children, I perfected my colouring techniques just in time to give it up and do more grown-up things.
And then our boys came along, and it was time to do it all over again.
However, after throwing away mostly unused colouring books, I often resorted to looking up colouring pages on the internet. They were free and I could search for a specific theme, according to whatever the kids were into at the time. And of course, they grew out of it, as well.
It seems though, that I just can’t truly escape it because my niece and nephew recently came over for an afternoon. I printed up sheets for them and dug out some crayons I had by some miracle. We spent at least an hour, passing different colours to each other, and colouring all the pages. A few were displayed on my refrigerator and it felt good to see a child’s artwork there again!
For a busy mom needing a quiet moment to collect her thoughts, to a babysitter needing to keep the kids occupied until bedtime, I still see a big need for this important resource. These sheets can come in very handy and are easy to display on the refrigerator.
And for the record, no I have never considered purchasing an adult colouring book. I know some people really like them, they just aren’t my thing 🙂
Kris recently emailed me to ask about a possible link exchange and to be quite honest, I end up saying “no, thank you” to a lot of these requests. I often feel that the person asking has no idea what my blog is about, and can’t be bothered to find out. I’ve had furniture and medical sites ask me to write pieces that I can squeeze their links into. I’m not sure how a medical walker will ever “fit” into my blog and make sense. Maybe in a couple of decades?
This one, however, felt right. I really felt it would be important to connect with his site because of all the times colouring pages saved my sanity. I felt like it was an activity that was truly in line with my blog, despite the fact that my own kids have no interest.
So please, please check out Kris’ site, Top Coloring Pages. Download his awesome images for your kids to colour, and check out his blog as well. He offers great ideas for keeping kids occupied and happy, including de-stressing activities you can enjoy with your kids. He even has a page that talks about the benefits of colouring.
Parents of young children: don’t miss out on this great content!