My daughter (2.5) loves colouring books, but she uses pretty much one every day. Could someone recommend a decent free online resource of printable materials for children? (at 2.5 years of age these would be mainly colouring books, but maybe some games would be more appropriate for older children). Ideally in pdf format for high-quality printouts.
Here are a few places that I have found that are kind of home school related but I figure I will use as color pages to help my kids learn as they are playing.
Here are some pinterest searchs that may have what you need:
Often if you go to the websites of her favourite characters websites (Peppa pig, for example) you'll find things to print for colouring in ("things to do" or "activities" normally).
Another approach you may want to consider is something that can be reset, for example:
3) A reusable colouring book like ReColoritz
One quick idea that comes to mind is all the line-art or black-and-white clip art in your computer's office suite. If you have MS Office then there is a huge library of clip art, and even more available online.
You could select a bunch of suitable images and print them out. If you do this, do a quick calculation on printing costs first, because it might still be cheaper to buy a stack of books than a stack of ink cartridges...!
- Personal Pages
- KrazyDad (mazes and puzzles)
- GuruParents (various tips + some numbering/counting material)
- AllKidsNetwork (writing, numbering/counting, drawing...)
- KidZone (lots of exercise worksheets)
- EngagingToddlerActivities (arts and crafts)
- LearnWithPlayAtHome (activities, arts and crafts, ...)
- Turbulus (in French, with pretty great stuff to print)
- Company-Sponsored Pages
- Crayola (crafts, coloring pages)
Make Your Own
Also, you can scan the picture books, comics, stories, etc... that you already have at home and remove the colors using a photo/image editing software. That way you get neatly defined coloring books with familiar characters, and tons of possibilities. You can of course do this with just about any image, but obviously picture books have neatly defined drawings and it's just the reverse of the processed they went through (they're usually inked and then colored).
Pro-tip 1: digitally cut out some of characters or background elements and you can then make new scenes, or even build new stories with your child. Variation: do a cartoon/picture mad-lib.
Pro-tip 2: Buy a cheap thermal laminator so you don't print hundreds of pages for coloring and other activities per month, and so you can reuse them multiple times. I don't do this all the time because I think it's important the kids learn to draw on paper with pencils, but sometimes using a laminated version with markers makes your life a tad easier. So for the less serious activities I find that pretty useful. Plus you can then use the laminator for other uses (posters to pin on the wall, protecting good drawings you want to keep, etc..)
I saw a link to the following website and remembered your question. This site has paperdolls from 27 different countries you can print, color, and play with.
In Google Images selecting for black and white images can save you the need for additional keywords.
The sites that come up in the search often have a collection of coloring pages.
I just came across this description on how to create coloring book pages from your own photos:
Turn your family photos into fun kids' coloring books for free! This simple tutorial will teach you how to turn any photograph into black and white outlines that you can print out at home. [...] I'm going to talk through this process in a lot of detail, but that's only so that a complete beginner will feel comfortable. Don't be intimidated by the number of steps; you can actually complete the project in about 5 minutes!
(hat tip to Lifehacker.)
Even my kid love to color a lot, he loves super heroes like spider man, pokemon etc., i regularly download from MomJunction , even they have many cartoons , animals, alphabet etc.
The first one is great because there is a wide range of pages and can be searched by something that interests your child. The second on is Crayola's site - this site is great because it has more than just coloring pages, it has a variety of projects as well, which may be great especially as your child grows. I have found if you are looking for something specific, search that topic and coloring page and you will generally find free pages to print off for example "bear coloring page" will provide you an extensive list of pages.
This is an old question but I thought I would add another website to the table.
We https://MandalaFree.com at our house. It has adult and kids Mandalas and we enjoy coloring and bonding with our 5 year old daughter. It seems to settle her down after a big day and helps the adults too.
My favorite is:
Lots of very good quality drawings and very little advertisements.