For my daughter and I, coloring is a calming activity to spend quality time together, but there are more ways to have fun with coloring books than just coloring.
I will share five ways we get creative with coloring pages.
Outline picture with colored glue
Add some tempera paint to a liquid glue bottle and stir it into the glue. Â Trace the outline of the pictures with the colored glue. Â Once the colored glue is dry, fill in the rest of the picture with crayons or colored pencils to create a contrast.
Pour a layer of glue over the coloring page. Sprinkle items such as fennel, lentils, rice, or grains over the top of the picture to create a natural looking piece of artwork like our mandalas.
Cut out a rectangular piece of contact paper to be the size of a placemat. Â Let your child cut out pictures from a coloring book and place the pictures on top of the contact paper. Â Cover the completed collage with another matching piece of contact paper.
CollectÂ an assortment of flat, craft marbles and allow your child to fill in the picture with the marbles. Â A picture that has already been colored can be used for this. Â No glue needed because this will be a temporary piece of art.
Choose animals from a coloring book that share the same habitat. Â Glue the pages onto cardstock, cut them out, and then glue each animal onto a toilet paper tube. Â Create their habitat using a cardboard box, construction paper, glue, and natural materials.
This post was brought to you by Rebekah, a stay at home mom, who believes in joyful, playful, and thoughtful parenting. Â Over at her blog,Â The Golden Gleam, she shares ways to light up kids’ lives through play, crafts, learning, and positive parenting.Â Â