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What are coloring books?
Coloring books contain drawings designed to be filled and coloured utilizing a number of tools such as pencil, crayons and sharpies. These coloring books, and coloring pages and sheets are typically printed out on paper or cardboard, and some books are designed so that each page can be detached from the book once it is completed and used as a stand-alone coloring page. Some coloring books may feature a story that kids could follow, therefore the pages can’t be torn out of books. Coloring pages very commonly include animation or cartoon characters that small children are very fond of, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coloring pages or Cinderella Coloring pages. These coloring books are utilized by huge companies as advertising materials and ways of popularizing new cartoons or films. Coloring is not the only activity that can be found in coloring books, as other activities include mazes, numbers, and lots of fun puzzles. Another type of activity includes coloring books that come with stickers that can be attached on certain pages on these books.
Coloring Book- The History
The very first coloring book was made in America. This emergence was part of a process called the democratization of art. The person who influenced this process was an English artist named Josh Reynolds. The other two teachers who really helped this process were Johann Pestalozzi from Switzerland and the German Friedrich Fröbel who was his student. Various teachers and educators from all over the world knew the significance of art and the value of teaching art to people, particularly kids. The development of cognitive abilities, problem solving skills and social skills were all parts of value art provided. Education in art also facilitated a person’s ability to develop skills necessary later on, particularly those relating to finding a suitable future job. Spiritual, social and mental growth are all enhanced in youngsters who take part in artistic activities.
Coloring books were the invention of the McLoughlin Brothers. 'The Little Folk's Painting Book' was the earliest coloring book made by them in the 1880's. Kate Greenway helped them with this first coloring book, and the McLoughlin Brothers' coloring book publication continued into the 1920's. That is when Brothers McLoughlin joined the Milton Bradley firm. Richard Outcault is another man who really helped the progression of the coloring book. Richard wrote a coloring book in 1907 called Buster’s Paint Book which included a character he had created in 1902 called Buster Brown. The publication of Buster's Paint Book made companies realize what a good idea it would be to use coloring books as a tool for advertising theirs good. Thus, advertising through the use of coloring books and pages started. The first coloring books were made with the thought that they should be painted and not colored, and despite the growing popularity of crayons in the 1930's, there was no change in this approach.
The Uses of Coloring Books in Education
Coloring books are considered great tools for teaching little children a lot of things, which is why they can be commonly found in schools and classrooms. Coloring books covering endless topics can be found, such as numbers, animal names, and names of cities and continents. Images are easier to recall for little children, and coloring them is more exciting than other methods of learning, which is why coloring books are an excellent way of learning. It is a known fact that associating words with images is a magic formula of helping people acquire a new language. Images are also a great way to enhance and improve memory, and to assist in the understanding of certain topics like geometry and astronomy. Big publishers have been creating coloring books that target adults since the 1980's. These books were directed at graduate students of anatomy and physiology to make their learning experience better.