Jul 23, 2014

5 Best Coloring Books for Moms

Yes, coloring books for grown-ups. According to a few recent studies, and internet chatter, coloring can be a great stress reliever for adults. The publishing world has definitely taken notice, filling shelves with coloring books aimed at an older demographic. And we’re not really complaining because coloring is pretty fun.

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.

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 
Do you often color with your kids, or do art projects on your own? Have you found it to be a stress reliever? Let us know at Facebook.com/MeredithPlays or tag your colored pages on Instagram with @MeredithPlays.

— By Alaina Buzas, Contributor

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