So why the fascination, and how can they help you?
Just like reading stories in picture/illustrated books with their children, parents often use coloring pages to teach children and stretch their imagination. Standard coloring pages provide outlines within which children can color, but some art educators believe that free-form pages are an even better tool. A good example of these coloring books can be found at CreativeColoringBooks.
Here's an idea, ask your child to make up a tale about what is happening in the scene and fire up their imagination. You will also find that little moments of praise from you can really all add up to a kids sense of self worth and confidence in later life. This is a fantastic way to help your little ones learn their colours, shapes, and verbs for items such as hair, dress, legs, chin etc. As your children work, help them pick up the correct names of things they are working on, like chin, cars, pets etc. Oh, and this is a fantastic way to teach colours to your kid.
These days color by number printables come in a variety of artistic forms. You could choose among a number of cartoon characters and/or pets, cars and so on and so forth. If your son or daughter likes Lilo and Stitch, without doubts, you can find a lot of colour by number pages with the characters of that cartoon.
Best of all of course are free pages that can be printed out at home any time you like. There is so much variety obtainable that as long as they have their pages and something to color with a child will never get bored. For many children, there is no greater gift they can give to Mom or Dad than a picture they coloured all by themselves. Inside or outside of the lines, any page coloured with love and happiness is a masterpiece.
Some might think its crazy talk. Many more, however, have perhaps already realized the same.
Sometimes you find yourself at your wits end and the kids won't settle down no matter what you try. Even when no other activity will do coloring pages always seem to do the trick. Even in today's day and age of high-tech video games, and thousands of television stations coloring book pages have stood the test of time.