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Re: Coloring Books

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Fri, 25 Apr 97 19:08:58 -0500

Coloring books in themselves are not "bad" things. However, I believe
that how or why a coloring book is used can be detrimental in some
aspects. Coloring books can provide kids with opportunities to do
something mindless - much like me playing Solitare. There is a certain
amount of "safety" that kids view in coloring books, since the outline
has already been done for them. Coloring books can be stifling and
conforming when kids are given only coloring books as "art" or things to
do. Most young kids will be just as happy (if not more) if they are given
a plain sheet of paper. On a plain sheet of paper, endless possiblities
await the artist. The paper can be manipulated to the wishes of the
I believe that coloring books can send kids the wrong message - that
their drawings are not good enough, and that an adult must provide for
them premade images. No wonder some kids get frustrated when their art
doesn't look "right" or when they ask adults or others to draw it for
I have found some that I can agree to. These are the Anti-Coloring
Books series. A visual and written "prompt" encourages kids to finish the
picture with their own ideas.

Melissa Enderle