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To think colouring books are no good for any age kids?

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Purplesky2 Mon 13-Jul-15 18:52:26

Dd 3 scribbles in them.
Ds1 and ds2 are 6 and 7 and really not bothered. Could it be they are only for 4 and 5 year olds?! (Mine didn't do them at 4 or 5 either though)

longdiling Mon 13-Jul-15 18:54:18

Mine have always liked them. And the kids I childmind for. They prefer plain paper though - they go through piles of the stuff.

Silvercatowner Mon 13-Jul-15 18:55:17

Just because yours don't doesn't mean other children don't enjoy and benefit from colouring.

passmethewineplease Mon 13-Jul-15 18:56:34

YABU. My DD5 loves them. Always has.

BuildYourOwnSnowman Mon 13-Jul-15 18:56:54

Ds always preferred drawing

Dd (4) loves colouring - particularly if someone colours with her. She tries to be very neat and picks her colours carefully. It is definitely helping with her writing

WorraLiberty Mon 13-Jul-15 18:57:44

Mine loved them and they really helped with their pencil control skills.

corgiology Mon 13-Jul-15 18:58:25

I used to hate colouring in as a child.

I had no patience for that! grin

arethereanyleftatall Mon 13-Jul-15 18:59:15

Yabu, mine love them. 4 & 6

Buttercupsandaisies Mon 13-Jul-15 19:00:13

They're used daily in school in reception to promote correct pencil holding etc. they use them for hours and school swear by them. At home, dds never used them!

TiggyD Mon 13-Jul-15 19:02:33

Some children like them and some don't. And colouring books vary in styles hugely. Some are better than otters.

KittyandTeal Mon 13-Jul-15 19:07:20

Our year 6s love a bit of colouring in (granted it's the grown up stuff but still) great way to calm them down.

Purplepoodle Mon 13-Jul-15 19:20:51

All mine colour Ds's 2,4,6. Naturally 2 year old is scribble. They enjoy it the most if I'm colouring with them (I find it very therapeutic lol)

milkmilklemonade12 Mon 13-Jul-15 19:28:41

YABU. They really help pencil grip and fine motor control for young children. Also agree it's best done as a 'together' activity.

ChuffinAda Mon 13-Jul-15 19:30:16

Yabu mine love colouring
I love colouring

It helps with fine motor skills, a sense of accomplishment and just plain zoning out

RiverTam Mon 13-Jul-15 19:31:00

Mine has always loved them.

Reignbeau Mon 13-Jul-15 19:32:06

My 4 year old isn't bothered about colouring, loves drawing though.

Haggswood Mon 13-Jul-15 19:33:31

My girls, now aged 10 and 11 still love colouring. In the evenings they will colour in one of the more sophisticated colouring in books for about an hour while they listen to an audio book. Helps them chill out and switch their minds off before bed, and they are totally chuffed with the results, which I have to say look really fantastic.
sometimes I sneak in and colour in a little bit too

Pilgrimforever Mon 13-Jul-15 19:34:38

DD2 still gets excited when they get to do colouring in at school.
She's 14 and in yr 10!

BarbarianMum Mon 13-Jul-15 19:35:58

Mine both hate colouring pictures, and always have, but like those books with the geometrical patterns in them. They'll colour those.

As a child I'd have gnawed my own leg off before colouring in. Dh flatly refused as well apparently.

Hulababy Mon 13-Jul-15 19:39:48

Lots of the children in my y2 class enjoy colouring in. We have some colouring books in the wet play box and they are very popular. They enjoy drawing too, but the colouring in books always get used.

DD went through phases when smaller.

I like colouring in.

mrspremise Mon 13-Jul-15 19:42:12

I loved colouring as avhild, I used to make up little stories about the pictures. I still find it very calming and almost therapeutic... though the storytelling commentary has fallen by the wayside grin

Clayhead Mon 13-Jul-15 19:42:33

My 13 year old dd sat with my 5 and 7 year old nieces for over an hour colouring in the other day. I joined in for a bit and I'm forty wink.

ElaineVintage Mon 13-Jul-15 20:16:16

Here's what Question Blake had to say about them.... www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/article4488826.ece

ElaineVintage Mon 13-Jul-15 20:17:18

My kids aren't really fussed tbh, tho they are 3 and 1 years old.

museumum Mon 13-Jul-15 20:20:44

I remember enjoying them. But they had to be quite intricate with small areas for each colour.
I also liked those felty board pictures for colouring in.
And "painting by numbers".

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