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What are coloring books?
A coloring book is a book in which images are drawn using lines and which readers can fill up and colour by making use of such things as colorful pencils, pens, crayons and other different types of paint and colours. There are coloring books for both adults and kids. Coloring books and coloring pages are fashioned on cardboard sheets or papers. Some of the coloring pages can be purchased separately or can be torn off from the coloring books that are created to permit that. Some coloring books may incorporate a story that small children could follow, therefore the pages can’t be torn out of books. These days, it's very common to find coloring books of really popular cartoon characters or stories, such as The Little Mermaid Coloring Pages or My Little Pony Coloring Pages. Naturally, these coloring books are used by big companies as a way of advertising these new cartoons or their other products. Coloring is not the only activity that can be found in coloring books, as other activities include mazes, numbers, and lots of fun puzzles. There are also types of coloring books where small children can use stickers to stick on the pages and tell their own stories with them.
Coloring Book- The History
The USA is the origin and birthplace of coloring books. A process called the democratization of art was the reason for the birth of coloring books. The man behind this process was an artist from England called Josh Reynolds. The other two teachers who helped this process were Johann Pestalozzi from Switzerland and the German Friedrich Fröbel who was his student. Various teachers and educators from all over the world knew the necessity of art and the value of teaching art to people, especially children. The development of cognitive abilities, problem solving abilities and social skills were all parts of value art provided. As far as small children were concerned, many educators found that art played a part in a child’s mental and spiritual growth.
The creators of the coloring book are the McLoughlin Brothers. 'The Little Folk's Painting Book' was the 1st coloring book made by them in the 1880's. For this book, they worked with a lady called Kate Greenway, and they kept making coloring books until the 1920's. After that, the McLoughlin Brothers became part of the Milton Bradley company. Another man credited for the progress of coloring books is Richard Outcault. Richard wrote a coloring book in 1907 called Buster’s Paint Book which included a character he had created in 1902 called Buster Brown. The publication of this book was the inspiration that gave companies the idea of using coloring books for advertising purposes. These books were initially made to be painted instead of being colored, and despite the emergence and popularity of crayons in the 1930’s, this did not change.
Educational Uses of Coloring Books
Almost every classroom for small children and preschoolers has a coloring book available somewhere, as these books are used to educate youngsters on a number of topics. The topics for coloring books cover everything under the sun, like flowers, cartoons, alphabets, and even fruits and vegetables. Images are easier to recall for little children, and coloring them is more exciting than other methods of learning, which is why coloring books are an excellent way of learning. Images are also a great way of teaching groups and individual a new language. They are also utilized in particular classes as a means of enhancing creativity and knowledge of different topics such as geometry. Big publishers have been creating coloring books that target adults since the 1980's. These books were directed at graduate students of anatomy and physiology to make their learning experience better.