Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages.
These days color by number books can be found in various forms. You could choose among different fairy tales characters and/or animals, autos and so on and so forth. If your child is in love with Winnie-the-Pooh, then you may find a lot of colour by number games with the heroes of this toon.
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Both teachers and parents could find the abundance of reinforcement for things that they teach about in terms of the educational coloring pages. Children could also be instructed in terms of knowing the colors, shapes, alphabets, seasonal occasions and even spiritual education to be strengthened in the church or even at home.
My kids turn into saints once they see the coloring sheets rolling out of the printer. They love it when I start passing out coloring printables with their favorite characters on it. The most valuable aspect of coloring pages are there educational value. They will help your kids with their motor skills i.e. finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination as well as increase their mental capacity. The list goes on regarding the benefits of allowing your child to color versus playing video games or watching television.
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.
Of course it takes a little bit of creativity to get the coloring page activity to be fun. For example if there is a festival just round the corner then get your kid all the coloring pages related to the festival. That way he or she can lean about all the festivals. Make sure to make this fun and interesting by inviting other friends of his age group to your home and have a nice contest among them. Better still tell them to create images of the festival activities and let them exchanges those drawing sheets with each other for coloring.