Hello Crafty Friends! Did you know August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day?! We’ve been spending some extra time coloring this past week. I created these free printable coloring pages to use with my little ones. They have had so much coloring them.
Coloring pages are a great activity that requires little prep ahead of time. Simply print the coloring pages and grab your favorite coloring supplies and you’re all set. Printed coloring pages are nice because they lay flat. This makes it easy to turn them into gifts for family members or to save as a keepsake.
Learning as they Color
Coloring is a wonderful activity for little ones. It not only helps them work on their fine motor skills but it can be a relaxing activity perfect for quiet time. It is self-paced and kids can choose what they want to color on the page.
If your child is interested, you can also use these coloring pages in fun and clever ways to encourage other opportunities for learning. Here are a few ways we’ve used them:
- Count the number of fish, ladybugs or bubbles on the page.
- Count the spots on the ladybugs.
- Name the sea creatures under water (starfish, fish, crab)
- Read the phrases or identify letters.
We use lots of different coloring tools from markers to watercolor. When my kids were really little on of their favorite crayons were thicker animal head crayons. I liked them because they didn’t break as easily as regular Crayola crayons and my kids liked them because they were easier to hold and came with cute animals!
Here are a few of our favorite coloring materials!
- Jumbo Crayons
- Peanut Crayons – great for the little artists.
- Triangular Crayons – they won’t roll off the table.
- Pip-Squeaks Markers – So many fun colors and a cute carrying case.
- Supertips – my older kids favorite markers.
Ladybug Coloring Pages – Cute as a Bug!
The first free coloring page features cheerful ladybugs crawling and swirly leaves. I colored my ladybugs red and black, but my kids loved making the cute bugs rainbow colors.
Fish Coloring Page – You are Fintastic!
The second free printable coloring page depicts an underwater scene full of friendly fishies, bubbles and seaweed. Since the words on this page read “You are fintastic”, we have used this coloring page as a gift or card for birthdays as well as Teacher Appreciation Day. My kids love being included in special occasions and this is a fun, inexpensive way for them to make a cute gift.
We have also framed coloring pages before as you can see with my Outer Space Coloring Pages. Having your child paint the frame is a fun to extend the activity and let them have fun with finger paint!
I hope you and your little ones enjoy these free printable coloring pages! Join in the fun and color your own or enjoy the quiet time:) You can download the free printables at the end of this post by filling out the purple form.
Do you or your little ones love coloring? Be sure to check out my other printable coloring pages – most come with a free file. Happy coloring!!
Get the Free Coloring Pages!
Fill out the purple form below with your first name and email address! The free file will be sent straight to your inbox! If you have already filled out the form below, don’t worry – you won’t be added to my list twice! This freebie is for personal use only. I hope you enjoy crafting something special. Please let me know if you have any questions :)