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Coloring Books - What Are They?


A coloring book is a book which includes lines, images plus drawings which readers can paint and color utilizing things like colouring sticks, crayons and pens, etc. While most coloring books are readily available kids, there are several that are created for adults. These coloring books, and coloring pages and sheets are usually printed out on paper or cardboard, and some books are created so that each page can be removed from the book once it is completed and used as a stand-alone coloring page. 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. 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. There are also types of coloring books where young children can use stickers to stick on the pages and tell their own stories with them.


The History of Coloring Books

The very first coloring book was created in America. This beginning was part of a process known as the democratization of art. Josh Reynolds, an English artist was the person responsible for this process. Friedrich Fröbel from Germany and his Swiss teacher, Johann Pestalozzi assisted in inspiring this process. Various teachers and educators from all over the world knew the significance of art and the value of teaching art to people, specifically kids. The development of cognitive abilities, problem solving capabilities and social skills were all parts of benefit art provided. As far as youngsters were concerned, many educators found that art played a part in a child’s mental and spiritual growth.


The inventors of the coloring book are the McLoughlin Brothers. 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. That is when Brothers McLoughlin joined up with the Milton Bradley firm. 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 started the process of companies using coloring books as a means for advertising their products. At first, these initial coloring books were created for readers to paint and not color them. Surprisingly Enough, This Didn't Change With The Increasing popularity of crayons in the 1930's.


Educational Uses of Coloring Books

These days coloring books are commonly used in schools for teaching children about different things. From alphabets to numbers you can find coloring books touching on every topic. 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 associating words with images is a magic formula of helping people acquire a new language. Not to mention using images to expand people's comprehension of certain topics like geometry, which require graphic assistance to help understand the theories. 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.