In elementary school, it is not just spelling, reading, and arithmetic. If you only teach this to young children, they will get very bored at school. Even the most diligent children will start to hate their studies unless they are interrupted by something more interesting and creative. Your job as a teacher or parent is to teach critical skills and information to young students, but also to make learning fun. The best way to do this is to engage students in creative and fun work. If you find that your kids are getting bored and looking at you with elongated faces, think of some fun coloring pages. For older students this may seem unimportant, but you will be surprised what you can do with little more than paper, coloring books, and colored pencils or markers. Below are some of my favorite coloring pages for younger students. Give it a try, I promise you will love the results.
- Paint a house or building. Assign the class to build a house or building out of paper. Provide a cardboard box for the main frame. Each student or group of students must design different aspects and architectural features of the building. After they have drawn their pieces and cut them out, ask them to color each piece however they want. Finally, build the house. You will get an unusual and unique home with all kinds of cool colors.
- Color the teacher’s clothes. Most children love to tease their teacher. If you are a teacher or parent who wants your class to entertain itself at your expense, consider the following assignment. The children are to draw a life-size suit. Each child receives a garment to design and color. When they finish coloring, the class should cut out the clothes. Then the teacher puts the clothes on his real clothes and walks around the class. This should generate laughter and excitement very quickly.
- Coloring with music. I have found that children have a natural understanding of the connection between music and colors. They know that red means anger or passion, that green means life and blue means contemplation. When a piece of music is played (preferably a piece of music without words) and children are asked to color what they hear, some surprising results can appear.
- Color a great work of art. Get a great artwork line art coloring books for kids. Invite each child to color in a separate artwork and a picture of the original. Ask them to color the image from the coloring book as close to the original as possible. This exercise introduces students to some important things about the visual arts and how they are created. This could have rekindled a passion for artistic creation in one of the young students.
These are just a few of the many coloring activities that you can try with any group of elementary school kids. Use coloring crafts to enhance the natural creativity that many students already possess. With a little time and effort, you will find that students will ask you if they can do a coloring project. Encourage your class or child to come up with their own ideas for fun coloring crafts. Try different projects and see what the children are interested in.