Coloring books are where most kids start to develop their artistic dexterity. They are available relatively cheap, they are often related to cartoon characters or objects familiar to very young children. They provide guidelines for children who are learning to control their hand movements by "coloring inside the lines".
Disney coloring pages play sets are fun too. Your child can select a favorite character, click on it, and then make pinwheels or paper puppets with stars such as Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Snow White, Toy Story 2, The Incredibles and Sleeping Beauty.
The net, activity booklets in dollar stores, family restaurants, or even sometimes at public libraries are sources of coloring pages, simple black and white drawings most commonly of cute cartoon characters.
Coloring pages not only enhance concentration skills, eye-hand coordination, color coordination and various other essential skills, they also give you some time to relax with your child. Moreover, coloring papers are so enjoyable and learning that parents give feedback of increased concentration among their children, better coordination of colors etc.
The next time you are in need of an idea to keep kids busy during the day consider introducing them to The Magic Color Page. You will discover kids can keep themselves entertained, out of your hair and you need not worry about their safety. How often do you find people providing this type of activity?
For the last few years kid's coloring pages printed from the Internet have become an very serious competitor to the coloring books purchased in the store. Now you don't need to pick one of the various themes to buy for your child. You can get it all. Nowadays nearly every animated cartoon character has a website with free printables or coloring pages as a bonus.
As she is leaving, her final request is often for me to print a few more pages for her to take home or even a large batch so she can share with her friends when they visit. Of course, as always I am too happy to oblige. Especially as it's so cheap to print them out. Few things are so cheap but can still make a child so happy these days.