Stressed? Adult Coloring Books Can Help

By: Phoebe Knight

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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:

Mandalas

Easy Mandalas

Easy mandala coloring page for adults

Easy mandala coloring page for adultsSource: www.printmandala.com

Difficult Mandalas

Mandala adult coloring page, difficult

Difficult mandala coloring pageSource: www.printmandala.com

Gardens/floral

Beautiful garden adult coloring pageSource: www.parade.com

Butterfly adult coloring pageSource: www.colorpagesformom.com

Free floral adult coloring pageSource: www.yetanothermomblog.com

Animals

Free bird adult coloring page

Lion adult coloring pageSource: www.coloring-pages-adults.com

ABSTRACT

Abstract adult coloring pageSource: www.easypeasyandfun.com

Abstract adult coloring pageSource: www.coloring-pages-adult.com

 

Valentine’s Day crafts

Valentine’s Day is next week and we’re getting our craft supplies out and ready for some good stuff! We like these kid-friendly craft ideas to celebrate February 14th. These would be fun to do with the family or as a classroom party activity!

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Fruit Loop Bird Feeder by Sweet and Simple Living

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Paper Heart Wreath by Play for a Day

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Thumbprint Heart Bookmark by Crafts for all Seasons

And for a sweet little treat to get you through all these projects…

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Sprinkle Oreo Pops by Catch My Party

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Freckle friends!

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July

July 4th is right around the corner and we’re all geared up for the festivities! And since the holiday is on a Friday this year, there’s 3 days to celebrate Independence Day. That means 3 times the food, crafts and all around fun!

July 4th food

Here are some yummy recipes for your 4th of July BBQ:

Chicken Fajita Kebabs from Serious Eats

BBQ Glazed Grilled Corn from Delish

Big Al’s KC Bar-B-Q Sauce from allrecipes

Red, White & Blue Berry Water by evite

Summer Fruit Tart by Glorious Treats

 

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And try these fun July 4th crafts with the kids:

DIY Eraser-Stamped 4th of July Shirt by Cutesy Crafts

Patriotic Fingerprint Flag Card by All Kids Network

Star Spangled Wavers by Spoonful

Free Personalized Coloring Pages by Frecklebox

 

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend, Freckle friends!