Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages.
Internet is a hub of free coloring printouts for kids. Parents or pre-school teachers can easily access a variety of such coloring pages. They can select the best ones for their kid after considering certain factors. Then they can take out prints using good quality printer. All you need is just a computer at your home.
These days color by number printables come in a variety of artistic forms. You could choose among a number of cartoon characters and/or pets, cars and so on and so forth. If your son or daughter likes Lilo and Stitch, without doubts, you can find a lot of colour by number pages with the characters of that cartoon.
You can also add decoration to a bigger appliance box that should appear like the Sponge bob's Pineapple house or the Krusty Krab. Don't forget to cut a door so your younger child can play during the party. Every Sponge bob fan knows how much he loves to blow bubbles... but do they know this "special technique"? Supply each guest with a bottle of bubble solution. They can simply try the special technique or you can show a bubble blowing.
Online coloring- computer and internet open a new and great spectrum of drawing and coloring. As of now, adults are very sizeable living that creates, draw and color pictures for the computer animation like movies, video games, commercials as well as items that most of the people would never consider, like high quality information sites. With such options, it is no wonder that the tools as well as the formats being used in this kind of artwork carried down along with children.
Before the road trip take the kids to the stores so they can pick out their road trip coloring books and other activities. This is an even better choice because the kids will settle beforehand which type of activity is most interesting and the best for them. Tell them that you'll hold onto the items until the road trip and they'll spend the time until the trip in anticipation of playing with their new toys. They'll be that much more likely to stay involved with their coloring books and crayons on the trip rather than on each other, so you'll be that much more relaxed while on the drive.
There are hundreds of different themes you can find in the coloring pages starting from funny cartoon's characters to very informative pictures like alphabet, figures and so on. And thanks to coloring books by the preschool age many children already know the alphabet and how to count. By painting any of the letters in coloring pages they can learn how to write letters and be able to recognize them making the process of learning to read much easier. Thus, coloring pages are a very educational tool for young minds.