Great Coloring Pages for Kids

Keeping the kids busy on a rainy or wintry afternoon can be a
challenge. Why not try letting them do a coloring page … or better
yet, how about twenty?

But for some parents, there’s a bit of an ‘ick’ factor to coloring
books and most free online coloring pages. They are always “branded” in
some way. Girls coloring books are Barbie and Disney Princesses. Boys
seem limited to Spider-Man and Star Wars.

Wouldn’t it be nice to try a commercial-free activity for once? Well,
these websites offer plenty of coloring pages that are
product-placement free and guaranteed to get the imaginative juices

Here are a few sites that offer non-commercial coloring pages for your kids:

    — This kids news site from Pennsylvania offers more than 50 printable
    pages organized by themes including pirates, fantasy and even regular
    people. Some even include ideas for additional creative fun.
    — While this page has plenty of advertisements, the coloring pages
    themselves are commercial free when you print them out. While not
    entirely commercial-character free, it has a very specific category for
    — Jan Brett is a well-known children’s book artist, and she provides
    dozens of images at her website for kids to color. These are some
    sophisticated and beautiful drawings, so they will take a while to
  • — This site features a wide selection of pages available in easy-to-print PDF format.
    — This site offers some simple coloring pages in PDF form, but
    additional high-detailed coloring pages are unlocked with a membership
    fee. Still, the selection of free pages are sufficient.
    A collection of original coloring pages and puzzles for kids, though
    the navigation through the site can be a little confusing. Despite that,
    this site offers a number of interesting features, including online
    coloring, an add-your-own text feature and musical accompaniment.

Additional Tips

So now that you’ve got all these great images printed out, you should
make it easy and fun for your kids to work on the coloring pages. Here
are some ideas:

  • Color along with your child — Kids don’t like
    to be told “Here’s your project, now let me go and watch TV.” Instead,
    dedicate some time to color with them. Talk about what you’re coloring
    and why you’ve made your artistic choices.
  • Provide multiple ways to color –
    Crayons are great, but some kids think that crayons are just for
    “little kids,” so rather than buy the mega-sized box of crayons, pick up
    a variety of coloring tools — markers or colored pencils are great
    ideas, but watercolor paint or chalk would be fun if you don’t mind the
    mess. Let your child pick out what they want to use.
  • Print out a wide variety of topics
    — Don’t just print out 30 images of fairies. Give your girls an
    opportunity to color race cars. Give your boys a chance to color cute
    puppies and kitties.
  • Provide additional supplies — Along
    with the crayons, markers and colored pencils, offer scissors, Popsicle
    sticks and pipe cleaners. Have them transform their two dimensional
    coloring page into something more, such as a puppet or jigsaw puzzle.


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