Not Your Average Coloring Books

Not Your Average Coloring BookAbove all, I adore collaborative art and free drawing, however I do find that there are times in which the humble coloring book is ever so perfect.


Coloring books now are so elegantly curated that sometimes the thought of adding your own mark to the page can be daunting.  The final product however can be simply amazing.


As we approach this busy festive season, with cool days in the Northern Hemisphere and hot lazy afternoons after a morning in the pool or at the beach in the Southern Hemisphere for me, a coloring book can be just what is needed.


When traveling we try to take a little supply in the boy’s backpacks, which consists of watercolor paints, pastels, fine line pens, pencils and a few coloring books.  Below are a few coloring books suggestions for your special little one as you travel by plane, train, or when you finally reach the destination and the usual comforts of home are not there:

Not Your Average Coloring Book

  1. The Color Play Coloring Book | MOMA
  2. Charley Harper Coloring Book
  3. Patrick Hruby Coloring Book Natural Wonders
  4. Alexander Girard Coloring Book
  5. Secret Garden (keep an eye out as there is a new book to be released soon called the Enchanted Garden)
  6. Color Me Calm
  7. Creative Coloring Animals
  8. Fingerprint Art
  9. Gorgeous Coloring Books for Grown Ups
  10. The Ultimate Dot to Dot
  11. Dot to Dot Masterpieces (there is an entire series in this collection)
  12. A Journey in the World of Fantasy
  13. Coloring Posters
  14. Large Scale City Maps


Here are a few of my favorite art supplies for little ones:


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Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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  1. We just got a couple from the “Just Add Color” series, and they are also fantastic. Great list! I’ll have to look at some of these.

  2. My kids have always preferred free, open-ended creative expression but every once in a while a good coloring book is called for. We can’t wait to check some of these out, especially the nature themed coloring books. Thanks!

  3. There is so much to love here! For me and the kids. What fun it would be to make up a present from the books and art materials for Christmas. Thank you for the idea.

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