Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. ~Al Hirschfeld
You’ve heard the phrase “A family that prays together, stays together” right?
Well, I’m gonna also say that a family that colors together, stays together, have fun together, and just all around love on each other together! 😀
If you’ve seen the trend for adult coloring books, you’ll know that coloring isn’t just for kids; it’s for the entire family. And just to fuel your curiosity as to why you should get in the trenches with the coloring hobby too, here are five reasons why you should not only pull out the crayons, markers, or colored pencils but why you AND whole family should be doing it together!
1. It’s a great stress-reliever
The physical act of coloring is a great stress reliever because it is relatively mindless and repetitive. It takes no real skill and requires little attention to detail other than simply staying within the lines OR NOT. Plus, it’s easy enough for the entire family to take part so you can get coloring sheets or coloring books to suit every member of the family’s skill levels.
2. Coloring promotes creativity
Even if you can’t draw a stick figure, you can create beautiful artwork by coloring in a pretty coloring sheet. This promotes creativity among children and adults alike, and can provide a creative outlet for all ages. Different colors can boost mood and creativity so I encourage you to color in a wide spectrum of colors for best results.
3. It’s mindless fun that’s good for you
Coloring requires very little thought beyond which color you are going to use next (decisions, decisions!). It’s the perfect way to “shut down” your brain for a little break after work or completing a big project. Unlike television, coloring won’t overstimulate you, so it’s perfect for winding down at anytime. Color for as long or as short a time as you like, and you’ll get the same benefits without the overwhelm of overstimulation.
4. It’s highly portable entertainment
No batteries required! Coloring books are perfect for passing the time on a long commute by bus, train or plane. No more boring layovers; just bring a coloring book and some markers for everyone in the family, and you can pass the time in quiet contemplation.
5. Coloring helps improve fine motor skills
There’s a reason why children are taught to color from an early age. The act of maneuvering a crayon on a specific spot on the page helps engage parts of the brain responsible for motor skills. As we age, these can weaken if we do not use our hands for things like drawing and writing. In an age where keyboards get most of our communication done, coloring can help keep our brains healthy!
Over to you…
Get each member of your family their own coloring book and pens, and enjoy the hobby together as a family. It’s not only a great way to spend some time together, it’s also a great way to relieve stress and keep your coordination skills as you get older.
Have you ever colored with the whole family? And I’m not talking about just watching over them while they’re coloring. I’m talking about getting your hands dirty WITH them!
Tell me about your experience. Or if you haven’t yet, is it something you’ll try? Chime in via the comments below!