This is one of the simplest and most versatile activities you can do with your kids to help them cut back on screen time.
You can drag out their favorite color books.
Print color sheets off of the Internet. There are a lot of sites that offer free color sheets!
Draw their favorite character for them to color.
Give them plain paper and ask them to draw and color anything they want.
The difference with this activity is how important it is for mommy to do it together with her kids.
Sitting and coloring with your kids teaches them these 4 things!
1. T0 use different colors for different parts of the picture. When children first start coloring, they tend to use one color to color their whole picture. But as we sit and color with them, using one color for skin, another color for shirts and pants…a blue sky, green grass, varied colored flowers, our kids learn to slow down, take time and choose more than just one color to color with.
2. To stay in the lines. Coloring helps children develop their small motor skills, and an important part of that skill is learning to control their hands enough to keep the colors inside the lines. It helps them to watch how mommy colors neatly inside the lines, and doesn’t scribble all over her page.
3. To slow down and do the best job possible. Coloring takes time and care. Sometimes children are in too big of a hurry to move on to another activity. Especially high energy children. But all children need to learn how to slow down a little and take the time necessary to give a job their 100%. This will be a very important lesson for school! Watching you take time to slow down and color a picture neatly helps them to learn why this lesson is so important.
4. To be creative with detail. Drawing pictures requires a lot of imagination. The more detail we add to a picture helps our children to see why details are so important to our lives. God is a God of detail. Just reading His instructions for Noah’s Ark and the Temple helps us to see how important details are to God.
I am kind of glad that this is an activity that is important for me to do with my kids. I love coloring!! You can even find adult color books now to buy. Why not? Get a color book for you and one for your kids, then sit down and spend some quality time together creating lovely pictures!
This post is day 20 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.