Awesome and Unusual Coloring Books
For Kids and Adults
A collection of awesome and unusual coloring books. Wow I really enjoyed putting this together, there are some superb coloring books available for boys and girls, and for adults too (yep, it's okay, lots of grownups enjoy coloring in!)
Since having children I've remembered how much I loved coloring as a child. I loved geometric books and would spend hours on my designs. Now my boys love it, especially animals and dinosaurs and scenes with pirates and knights. And yes, I've been tempted to join in, it's really nice to sit around the table asking if I could please have the purple pencil next :-)
I've chosen my favorites in lots of popular categories and a few unusual ones too. I've included selections for toddlers, preschoolers, little kids, big kids, teens and adults. Coloring books make great birthday or Christmas gifts. Usually inexpensive but giving hours of pleasure.
And one of our favorites it even available for free as a printable PDF.
Fun, Educational and Theraputic
Why we like coloring
Coloring is an activity with very broad appeal. On this page I've highlighted some of the more unusual coloring books I've found.
There are educational themes that will help kids or adults to learn about art, maps, geography and science.
There are geometric and stained glass designs that will appeal to tweens, teens and adults too.
I read an article recently about a troubled teen who uses coloring to calm down.
And I've heard of elderly people who find coloring to be a relaxing pass time.
Ladyada's "E is for Electronics" - Featured
We like this a lot. My electronics is a bit rusty (ahem) and it's a great subject for my kids to learn about.
We can even take a look inside and hear the story behind it:
Geometric - Fascinating designs
Geometric coloring books are the ones I loved as an older child and young teen. They're a great mix of creativity and fascinating mathematical patterns. Why do we stop coloring as adults? A geometric coloring book makes a great gift for someone who needs to slow down and relax. Or someone who has time on their hands due to a hospital stay, illness or injury (but not if they've broken both arms - that would be mean).
Hidden Images - An extra dimension
If you liked the look of the Dinosaurs Hidden Images book above, but dinosaurs aren't your thing, then seriously dinosaurs are awesome, learn to like them. Or here's a selection of other almost as cool hidden images coloring books.
These art-themed coloring books are gorgeous. They make lovely gifts for teens and adults and are a great way to introduce kids to art.
Drawings by Andy Warhol
Leonardo Da Vinci
Stained Glass Effect - Very pretty
Stained glass images lend themselves to bright colors. Here's a selection of popular stained glass coloring books. You can cut out the pages and display them on a window that gets sunlight for a cool effect.
Mandala Designs - Older kids and adults
Mandala coloring books are very popular. These circular designs are beautiful and absorbing. Mandala coloring books are great for older children, teens and grownups. Relaxing and creative and no need to be artistic.
You might learn something
Science coloring books for students who need to learn about human or animal anatomy, and kids who are interested in it. My son is going to love these coloring books when he's older. He's full of questions about how the body works and what animals are like inside. These books are a great excuse for teenage boys to do coloring.
Start Exploring: Gray's Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book
Saunders Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book
Maps and Geography
How's your geography?
Coloring is a great way to learn about geography. These map and geography coloring books will help the shapes and locations of states, countries and continents to stick. If I'd spent more time coloring maps as a kid then maybe my geography wouldn't be as dreadful as it is. I think I could share geography coloring with my boys and we can all learn.
United States Coloring Book
Geography Coloring Book (3rd Edition)
When Did You Last Do Coloring In?
Like many children my boys are fascinated by animals. My older son loves to color animal pictures and then try to draw animals freehand. I think all the time spent with animal coloring books has let him pay attention to the shapes and features of animals. A page from a coloring book is a simple treat for my boys. And we usually get a new coloring book to take on vacation to bring out at quiet times (well to be honest, times when we need some quiet.)
Dover Coloring Box -- Wild Animals
Animals of Africa: The Endangered Wildlife Series
Sea Creatures - Marine Life
Sea creatures are another topic my boys are interested in, I think it's because of the variety and weirdness of sea creatures. Sea creature coloring books are a great way to explore the ocean and there's plenty of scope for using all the colors in the pencil box. Sharks are a particular favorite with my boys.
Alphabet - Learn Your Letters
Alphabet coloring books are a great way to learn about letters. I loved the flower fairies as a girl, I'm glad to see they are still popular. And I've included the amazing A is for Africa coloring book, based on the beautiful A is for Africa book - the imagery really evokes the environment, culture and animals of Africa.
The Dusty Springfield Song
Something to listen to as you get busy with your pencils and crayons. Dusty understands! Listen to this track to find out why.
Thanks for Visiting
Awesome and Unusual Coloring Books
Are you tempted to get the colored pencils out again?