The complexity. Determine your child's level when it comes to coloring. Some color books provide large coloring spaces making it easier for children to color the page, stay in the lines, etc. As the child gets older, their skill level for coloring increases as well, and the difficulty of the book may as well. Some coloring books come with written instructions, and other games, such as a dot to dot, or a maze. If you want to keep your child happy, and still challenge them, choose coloring or activity books in their range or level, and do not frustrate them with books that have too small of pictures, or too many spaces to color, or written instructions. Older children may become bored with coloring and prefer to create their own images. This is a natural progression, and one parents should welcome. Nevertheless, coloring does have a place in child development and can become part of his or her daily routine. Some children may have difficulty expressing themselves; however, as they continue to be creative they will often start to open up more readily. Colouring is a great way to express themselves and their ideas, particularly if they have problems they do not know how to cope with. It is used to bring subconscious thoughts to the surface and help children to understand them. You might not realise it yet you are helping the environment as you do not need paper to draw and colour images. Every child knows that Tinkerbell makes part of the "Peter Pan" story, the fact that distinguish her is the little trail of magic dust that she leaves behind. Also, children are those who can understand her language, as in the world of fantasy everything is possible. This character is born from the first laugh of a new-born baby and will be kept alive due to your children's joy when they open a Tinkerbell book with her face on it. No matter which direction you take it, Winnie the Pooh coloring is going to be a huge hit. This is a type of activity you can save for your own children as well as for others that visit your home. You will also be impressed from time to time when the older kids want to sit down and do one of these coloring pages as well. It is something that they remember from being a child and that they want to be able to enjoy to get a break from what is going on in their life at that time.
The material. Some coloring books offer the ability for the child to simply run over the surface with the pens or crayons provided, and it will turn out to be the right color regardless. Some are more like paint books, and some have magic marker surfaces and come with markers that will not show up on any surface but the specially prepared book pages. Choose the book that best suits you and your child. If you are worried about markings on the walls, then don't select a pack of basic crayons, get something that uses special crayons. If you want your child to exercise their own creativity and not have to fit in the lines or color schemes planned, get basic pages. It is up to you. I grew up during the time of doodle art - remember those? You got a pack of felt markers and elaborate black line drawings on a number of themes. I would spend hours coloring these in! Little did I know then that coloring pages were a benefit to my well-being. Now, everyone is always concerned about time, namely, having too little time. Too many things take up too much time. Errands take time, laundry takes time, meals take time. Add a child or two into the mix and time is of even greater importance. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Lost time is never found again." However, I would have to disagree with Mr. Franklin because of one crucial reason; Benjamin Franklin did not have the Internet. Since I don't believe this quote to be true, the question must be asked; how do I propose we win back our lost time? As far as I'm concerned, it is in this realm of free colouring pages that save the day.