I love coloring books. Why would I want to ditch them? How does that inspire creativity?
I always have and probably always will love coloring books. I was a color in the lines, always follow the rules (coloring in the lines is a rule), everything in place kind of girl. I LOVED coloring in the lines. It was predictable, safe and I could make something beautiful. If another child was not coloring inside the lines my body would cringe. I wouldn’t say anything though…I was too shy. I would passive aggressively try to show the other child how to do it the RIGHT way. The other wrong way to color in my 4-year-old mind, was to use the wrong color. Human skin color is not green! Yes, I was that kid. Poor guy, he could have been coloring the hulk for all I knew. But for me it was WRONG!
Now that you know how much I LOVE a good coloring page, I want to share my intentions for this post. While coloring books are not all bad, my goal is to inspire you to inspire creativity in the young children around you. Whether you are a teacher, mom, dad, or caretaker YOU help foster an environment of creativity. Below I’m going to provide some reasons coloring books do not foster creativity in your children. After that I’m also going to provide you with some tools to help inspire creativity in your child’s imagination.