By: Phoebe Knight
Coloring books are one of the most useful tools in the parent toolbox. They’re portable, non-messy, and their use can invoke a blissful silence when little ones are busy creating technicolor masterpieces to hang proudly on the refrigerator.
Coloring doesn’t have to be a kids-only activity, though. Grown-ups can benefit from it too. Many adults have recently rediscovered the charm of coloring and realized that it can be a relaxing and meditative exercise, a needed respite in a hectic day. The act of focusing on a repetitive artistic task can be mentally restorative and help calm anxieties. It is stress-free and easy. Anyone of any skill-level can pick it up and create images that are rich, beautiful, and creative.
In addition to reducing stress, coloring can provide a fun bonding activity with children, or even other adults. Coloring groups for adults are springing up and can be found on meetup.com, or Facebook. Fortunately, adults don’t have to steal their kid’s coloring books, or be forced to color cartoon characters and superheroes. Designers are creating coloring books produced specifically for adults and they have exploded in popularity. In April 2015, the two bestselling books on Amazon were adult coloring books. The images are more intricate and time intensive than the typical child’s coloring book and feature scenes from lush gardens ripe with fantasy creatures, or stunning geometric mandalas.
If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of coloring yourself, We’ve provided a list of free coloring pages in various styles to help get you started: