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What are coloring books?
A coloring book is a book in which graphics are drawn using outlines and which readers can fill up and colour through the use of such things as colorful pencils, pens, crayons or other differing kinds of paint and colours. Although most coloring books are designed for youngsters, there are some that are geared towards adults. Coloring books and coloring pages are made on cardboard sheets or papers. Some of the coloring pages are available separately or can be torn off from the coloring books that are created to allow that. Many coloring books have a special theme or tell a story, which means the pages can't be torn out them or the book loses its purpose. Coloring pages very commonly include animation or cartoon characters that youngsters are very fond of, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coloring pages or Cinderella Coloring pages. Naturally, these coloring books are used by big companies as a way of advertising these new cartoons or their other products. 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 Books History
Coloring books first come about in the US. A process called the democratization of art was the cause of the birth of coloring books. The person who prompted this process was an English artist named Josh Reynolds. The artistic works of Johann Pestalozzi who was an educator from Switzerland and Friedrich Fröbel who was a German pupil of his, also inspired this process. Educators from different backgrounds were in agreement that artistic education was beneficial to all because it developed cognitive abilities, and advanced peoples’ knowledge of tangible things. The skills that a person develops in art education as a kid are extremely likely to prove particularly useful in his future as an adult. He may even end up finding his passion in life or a career resulting from developing an early artistic skill. Educators assert that young children who get involved in art education can be expected to develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually and also socially.
The McLoughlin brothers are the two people who invented the coloring book. In the 1880’s they created a coloring book called The Little Folk’s Painting Book. Kate Greenway helped them with this first coloring book, and the McLoughlin Brothers' coloring book publication continued into the 1920's. It was then that the McLoughlins joined the Milton Bradley firm. Richard Outcault is another man who really helped the progression of the coloring book. 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. The publication of this book was the impetus that gave companies the idea of using coloring books for advertising purposes. 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.
Educational Uses of Coloring Books
These days coloring books are commonly used in schools for teaching small children about different things. Coloring books covering endless topics can be found, such as numbers, animal names, and names of cities and continents. Kids find these books easy and more engaging than other ways of learning as images are easier to remember and memorize compared to only words. It is a known fact that connecting words with images is a faster way of helping people acquire a new language. Images are also a fantastic way to enhance and improve memory, and to assist in the understanding of certain subject areas like geometry and astronomy. Significant 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.