Most adults can't help getting involved when little ones start to use crayons and colouring pencils, so much so that 'adult' colouring books are big business now, but it is also very important for young children to colour as they can learn so much from this simple, fun activity.

They learn to concentrate. To begin with it's only for very short periods but as they get more confident and begin to 'stay in the lines' they spend longer and longer and their attention span improves. It also gives young brains and body time to recuperate from their very busy lives, and helps in situations where they have to sit still - at the doctors, dentists, elderly relatives or when they're flying.

They begin to learn hand eye coordination, which helps with their fine motor skills. Initially they will simply grasp the crayon or pencil, but eventually they will learn to hold it correctly and direct the crayon where it should be going. They'll obviously learn all the colours they're using and the shapes they can draw and learn to be proud of their output and appreciate the all the praise heaped on them for their masterpieces.

  • Artists Helping Children - fantastic resource for kids colouring pages, arts and craft ideas 1000's of ideas - brilliant site
  • CBeebies - lots of pages, crafts, colouring and 'experiments' to keep your toddler engrossed
  • Colouring Book Info - lots of your favourite characters - and new ones - to print out and color. SHARK TALES - BARBIE - THE INCREDIBLES - CARS - MY LITTLE PONY - POWER RANGRS - DORA THE EXPLORER etc
  • My Free Colouring Pages - cute designs to colour online
  • SCRAPCOLOURING.COM - a fantastic new FREE colouring resource for children.
    Online painting and printables, print and colour your name and create original patterns
  • Paw Patrol - one of the current favourites amongst little ones, all the Paw Patrol gang is ready to download and colour
  • Disney Characters - from the Disney website a host of their favourite characters - the Princesses, Monsters Inc, Toy Story etc
  • Arthur - from PBS - US kids televisin channel - black and white print outs to color of Arthur and friends.
  • BBC little kids - coloring pages of all your favourites
  • Bear In The Big Blue House - all you favourite BBH characters ... cute
  • Blues Clues - bookmarks, calendars, crafts & colouring pages
  • Colouring Castle - must see site ... plenty to choose from
  • Dot To Dot - print out the pics ... join the dots ... color them in
  • Free Colouring - coloring pages for children of all ages from toddlers through to older kids
  • My Free Colouring Pages - cute designs to print out and paint ... lots of choice