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Coloring Books - What Are They?
Young children are the ones who primarily use coloring books, but of course, even adults have coloring books. Coloring books and coloring pages are fashioned on cardboard sheets or papers. Some of the coloring pages are sold individually or can be torn off from the coloring books that are designed to permit that. Some coloring books may include a story that young children could follow, therefore the pages can’t be torn out of books. Many coloring books these days include coloring pages of extremely popular cartoon characters, such as Lego Ninjago coloring pages or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coloring pages. Naturally, these coloring books are used by big companies as a way of advertising these new cartoons or their other products. Lots of other fun activities can be found in children’s coloring books, like number games, mazes, connecting the dots and of course puzzles. Another type of activity includes coloring books that come with stickers that can be attached on certain pages on these books.
The History of Coloring Books
The USA is the origin and birthplace of coloring books. This emergence was part of a process known as the democratization of art. Josh Reynolds, an English artist was the person responsible for this process. The artistic works of Johann Pestalozzi who was an educator from Switzerland and Friedrich Fröbel who was a German student of his, also inspired this process. Educators from all over agreed that an education in the arts was essential in developing cognitive skills and enhancing peoples' perception of the world. Art education would prove to be beneficial in a person's adult life also as many of the skills he learns might end up helping him in his future careers. Spiritual, social and mental growth are all enhanced in kids who participate in artistic activities.
The inventors of the coloring book are the McLoughlin Brothers. 'The Little Folk's Painting Book' was the first coloring book made by them in the 1880's. They collaborated with Kate Greenway on this project and the continued to publish coloring books well into the 1920’s. Following that, the McLoughlin Brothers became part of the Milton Bradley company. Another man credited for the progress of coloring books is Richard Outcault. In 1907, Richard created a coloring book called Buster's Paint Book which was based on a character he had created in 1902 named Buster Brown. This book is what began the process of companies using coloring books as a means for advertising their products. These books were initially made to be painted instead of being colored, and despite the emergence and popularity of crayons in the 1930’s, this did not change.
How Coloring Books Are Used in Schools and Kindergartens
Almost every classroom for children and preschoolers has a coloring book available somewhere, as these books are used to educate little children on a number of topics. From alphabets to numbers you can find coloring books pertaining to every topic. When kids are young, just memorizing words can be slightly boring and difficult in comparison with coloring pictures and associating those pictures with new vocabulary. This is why coloring books are such an engaging way of teaching kids about things. It is a known fact that associating words with images is a quick way of helping people acquire a new language. Images are also an excellent way to enhance and improve memory, and to assist in the understanding of certain topics like geometry and astronomy. Since the 1980's, coloring books have been produced for adults. These books were made by publishers who were hoping to facilitate the process of acquiring knowledge on the topics of physiology or anatomy for students on a graduate level. As mentioned before, these images made memorizing and remembering the information easier.