Well, really, this is all about an excuse to buy the giant markers, the giant colored pencil pack and the giant crayon that we always wanted as little kids. You know, the one’s the “rich” kids had? Yeah, those ones. If we color with our family then we have the excuse to finally get them right?! lol
If you’ve seen the trend for adult coloring books, you’ll know that coloring isn’t just for kids and adults are finally fessing up to it. It’s for the entire family. If you aren’t sure why you should take up the hobby, here are five reasons that the whole family should be coloring.
It’s a perfect stress-reliever
The physical act of coloring is a great stress reliever because it is relatively mindless and repetitive. It takes no real skill and requires little attention to detail other than simply staying within the lines. Plus, it’s easy enough for the entire family to take part. You can get coloring sheets or coloring books to suit every member of the family’s skill levels.
Coloring promotes creativity
Even if you can’t draw a stick figure, you can create beautiful artwork by coloring in a pretty coloring sheet. This promotes creativity among children and adults, and can provide a creative outlet for all ages. Different colors can boost mood and creativity, so encourage coloring in a wide spectrum of colors for best results.
Not to mention once you start seeing different color combinations, you may get the bug to paint around the house 😉 It’s not that farfetched once you start playing with colors.
It’s mindless fun that’s healthy
Coloring requires very little thought beyond which color you are going to use next. It’s the perfect way to “shut down” your brain for a little break while studying or working on a big project. Unlike television, coloring won’t overstimulate you, so it’s perfect for winding down at bedtime. Color for as long or as short a time as you like, and you’ll get the same benefits without fear of overstimulation.
It doesn’t add calories to your diet and keeps your hands active. Idle hands are the devils playground and all that jazz. Oh jazz hands, funny, wasn’t trying to make a funny there.
It’s highly portable entertainment
No batteries required, unless you want to use one of the coloring apps available on your smartphone. Coloring books are perfect for passing the time on a long commute by bus, train or plane. No more boring layovers; just bring a coloring book and some markers for everyone in the family, and you can pass the time in quiet contemplation.
No headphones needed. No worry about noise annoying others that are waiting as well. Plus, you can fit pages and pens or pencils easily in your purse or carry-on bag. Then when you get to your destination, make it a game to buy new coloring pages.
Coloring helps improve fine motor skills
There’s a reason why children are taught to color from an early age. The act of maneuvering a crayon on a specific spot on the page helps engage parts of the brain responsible for motor skills. As we age, these can weaken if we do not use our hands for things like drawing and writing. In an age where keyboards get most of our communication done, coloring can help keep our brains healthy.
It also helps with finger and hand strength. I work with seniors in my fitness class and have for years. One thing they have a problem doing is getting the lid off their water bottles. Something as simple as holding a writing device can strengthen the little muscles and ligaments that would help with that.
Get each member of your family their own coloring book and pens, and enjoy the hobby together as a family. It’s not only a great way to spend some time together, it’s also a great way to relieve stress and keep your coordination skills as you age.
PS – I’ve launched a big Coloring Book package that you can download immediately. 72 coloring pages!