colored pencils

Move on over kiddies, us big kids want to color too.

Coloring is not just for kids anymore – and today my daughter reminded me that it’s just as good for them as for us adults.

My kids and I all have dentist appointments coming up. My kids are excited because they get to go the treasure box after their cleaning. My daughter asked me about my appointment today:

“Mom, what kinds of things do you have in your treasure box?”

I tried to explain to her that adult dental offices do not have treasure boxes for their patients.

She did not understand.

“Why not?” she asked. “I bet that they don’t have them because they don’t think that you will play with your toy. Adults don’t really play much, do they?”

Wow! How insightful! She was right!

Are adults too big?

Does that mean that we do not know how to have fun? Why isn’t there a treasure box for us too? We only get a new toothbrush, floss and travel toothpaste.

Boring! (But appreciated!)

What does it mean to be an adult? Do we have so much responsibility that we do not know how to have fun anymore or do we just see playtime as childish?

This really bothered me.

Kids like to do all kinds of things that we take advantage of when we are adults. One of the things that I really enjoyed as a kid (and still do) is coloring in a coloring book.

Yep, I said “color in a coloring book”. You know you like it. That’s right! Breaking open a new box of crayons, smelling that recognizable smell and choosing your own colors to use!

Many coloring books are made for adults with subjects like famous works of art, scenic pictures from around the world, geometric abstracts, mandalas, etc. Yep, they are awesome! If you haven’t seen these, I suggest that you venture around in the book section of your local art store. I have seen them at Michael’s, JoAnn’s, A.C Moore and the Dollar Store. They also have them in gift shops at art museums.

Research has supported coloring and shown that coloring inside and outside the lines aid in relaxation, stress reduction, as well as improving mood. Coloring can help you take your mind off of the stresses of life and enjoy a form of play. Play is important as it’s key to cultivating personal happiness. I color while I am watching something on TV, listening to music, or even join in with my kids when they are coloring.

We have our own books with our names on it and there are books that say, “Mom” and “Dad” on them. Coloring is a wonderful activity that you can do by yourself, with your children, and with other people. I challenge you to get a coloring book, even if it’s a kid’s book (I mean with cartoons and characters on them).

Let me know what you think (in the comment section below) about coloring and if you noticed some fun and relaxation in the act of coloring and playing.

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