How many times do you join the kids at the table and pick up a crayon to color along with them? And not only is coloring calming, it can be a great way to get your kids talking. Sitting down with them and sharing a box of crayons opens a great opportunity for discussion. I’ve always found kids can say some pretty insightful things with a crayon in hand.
But we don’t blame you if you want something a little more challenging than the pages your kids are filling. There are so many options online for grown-up coloring books (some even a bit PG-13 rated), so to help narrow it down for you, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite ways to color as an adult.
- Colour Me Good: Ryan Gosling — Reminds us of the Ken pages in our old Barbie coloring books. Also, a great excuse to stare at Ryan Gosling for about 30 minutes.
- Secret Garden by Johanna Basford — This book is just beautiful. It’s one you can keep on the coffee table and grab while watching TV, or invite a friend over and have a boozy coloring party. The pages are definitely frame-worthy.
- Pixel Pictures: Bold Patterns — This whole post is actually because of this book. I bought the Retro Robots version on a whim yesterday and filled four pages while catching up on Cutthroat Kitchen. Something about filling the tiny boxes was strangely satisfying.
- Colored Pencil Postcards — This box is a bit different but it will definitely help you keep up your correspondence. The box includes a booklet on color theory and colored pencils as well.
- Color Your Own Monet Paintings — The classiest coloring book we’ve ever seen. Dover has a whole series dedicated to famous artists if Monet isn’t really your guy.
— By Alaina Buzas, Contributor