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What are coloring books?
A coloring book is a book which includes outlines, sketches as well as drawings which readers can paint and color making use of such things as colouring sticks, crayons and pens, etc. Although most coloring books are intended for children, there are some that are meant for adults. Coloring books and coloring pages are created on cardboard sheets or papers. Some of the coloring pages can be bought individually or can be torn off from the coloring books that are designed to allow that. Some coloring books may contain a storyline that youngsters could follow, therefore the pages can’t be torn out of books. These days, it's very common to find coloring books of really popular cartoon characters or stories, such as The Little Mermaid Coloring Pages or My Little Pony Coloring Pages. These coloring books are utilized by huge companies as advertising materials and ways of popularizing new cartoons or films. Other activities available in coloring books and coloring pages are: puzzles, connecting the dots, and mazes and number games. There are also types of coloring books where small children can use stickers to stick on the pages and tell their own stories with them.
Coloring Books History
The first coloring book was manufactured in America. The reason behind the emergence of coloring books and pages was the process of democratizing art. The man behind this process was an artist from England called Josh Reynolds. The other two educators who served this process were Johann Pestalozzi from Switzerland and the German Friedrich Fröbel who was his student. Teachers from all over agreed that an education in the arts was essential in developing cognitive skills and enhancing peoples' perception of the world. Education in art also facilitated a person’s ability to develop skills crucial later on, in particular those relating to finding a suitable future job. Educators assert that youngsters who engage in art education can be expected to develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually and also socially.
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. For this book, they worked with a lady called Kate Greenway, and they kept making coloring books until the 1920's. It was then that the McLoughlins joined the Milton Bradley firm. Another man credited for the progress of coloring books is Richard Outcault. 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 this book was the push that gave companies the idea of using coloring books for advertising purposes. 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.
How Coloring Books Are Used in Schools and Kindergartens
These days coloring books are commonly used in schools for teaching youngsters about different things. The topics for coloring books cover everything under the sun, like flowers, cartoons, alphabets, and even fruits and vegetables. When children are young, just memorizing words can be slightly boring and challenging in contrast to coloring pictures and associating those pictures with new words. 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. They are also utilized in certain classes as a means of enhancing creativity and knowledge of different topics such as geometry. Coloring books for adults and graduate level students have been created since the 1980’s by big publishers who aimed to target these groups and educate them on physiology and anatomy, as these images with various colors facilitated learning and memorizing also.