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Rediscovering childhood fun?

August 5th, 2015 at 06:15 pm

Do you remember coloring in coloring books when you were a kid? I do, and I enjoyed it.

I was intrigued and very excited to see on HSN TV that they were selling coloring books for adults. The pictures were interesting and fairly intricate designs not meant for kids, and the kit of 4 coloring books came with a half dozen colored pencils (you could also use your own magic markers or watercolors) for about $20.

They were marketing it as a great way to de-stress, pass the time while you're waiting for your plane at the airport, etc. A nice alternative to a book, I think.

I thought it would be very peaceful to do this myself, as a way to relax, but I also was excited because I wondered if I could get my mother to do it.

As you know if you read my posts, she was a lifelong artist and given how passionate and dedicated she was to her art for such a long time, it has been shocking to me to see her show little if any interest in creating art now that she has dementia. Coloring books are simplistic, yet if I sat down and did it with her maybe i could get her to apply herself and enjoy it as well.

Then I did a search for "coloring books for adults" and found this interesting story in the Times from this past March. Seems we're onto a trend here....

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/business/media/grown-ups-get-out-their-crayons.html?_r=0

6 Responses to “Rediscovering childhood fun?”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    What a neat idea! I used to love to color as a child, too. I just Googled and saw some interesting books. I might buy one myself.

    I like your idea of doing this with your Mom. Smile

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Petunia, Amazon has 100 pages of coloring books for adults! I'm in heaven...

  3. laura Says:


    As someone who enjoys crafting with my kids, we've always had coloring books of outfits of First Ladies, geometric shaped ornaments, etc. I regularly help with posters for school projects - still a school kid at heart. So glad you've rediscovered this past time!

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I have seen those new coloring books- and I agree, as an adult I miss the art of coloring and am contemplating trying it out. I hope your mom can find a lost love in them! XO

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    I must admit, coloring with my kids is enjoyable for me too -- except that they often interrupt me, scribble on "my" page, ask for the crayon I'm using, etc. Maybe a grownup coloring book could be just for me, after they've gone to bed! Wink

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Teach kids in second grade or younger and you'll have plenty of time for coloring again. Big Grin

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