Colouring Book Day is observed in the United States early in August each year and aims to celebrate the classic and well-loved activity of colouring. It’s a cost-effective way to entertain children and has also become a popular pastime for adults. Is it just a passing fad, or does colouring have emotional and physical benefits for adults too?
It’s no secret that there are various benefits to colouring for young children. Edublox recommends the activity as it fosters awareness of primary and common colours, and it also:
- Helps children to learn about lines, shapes and patterns
- Improves motor skills
- Improves focus and hand-to-eye coordination
- Contributes to better handwriting
- Prepares them for school
- Stimulates creativity
- Improves confidence and self-esteem
But what are the benefits to adults, who have already mastered most of these fundamental skills? According to journalist Kelly Fitzpatrick, the once-niche hobby has now grown into a full-on trend, with everyone from researchers at well-known universities to the editors of Yoga publications suggesting colouring as an alternative to meditation. Elena Santos, reporter for the Huffington Post, adds that apart from promoting wellness and quietness in our busy lives, the practise stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity, which also contributes to overall well-being.
The first commercially successful adult colouring books were published in 2012 and 2013. Since then, the medium has become a considerable art from with themes catering for every taste – from Art Deco-themed patterns to geometrics to African-themed designs.
Free quick and easy printable Edublox colouring pages for mom and the kids:
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