A burst of colour! 9 benefits of colouring books for your kids

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Khumo Tapfumaneyi, founder of Ethnikids, shares with us the amazing benefits of colouring books.

As we usher in the new season we also welcome back colour and vibrancy in everything, and one fun area of added colour is kids colouring books

Many parents overlook the role that these types of books play in childhood development, so we at Ethnikids have compiled a list of just 9 awesome benefits derived from colouring books:

1. They help with nurturing and stimulating creativity

2. They can help prepare children for school

3. Colouring-in improves hand-eye coordination and focus

4. They can improve children's motor skills

5. They can help with developing colour recognition and awareness, as well as distinguishing between differing colours

6. Colouring-in is a form of therapy and can reduce stress levels (in adults too!)

7. Can help children with developing spacial awareness and seeing structure and boundaries

8. Can help with improving handwriting

9. Colouring-in is an outlet for self-expression

Must see: South Africa's Provinces: Print beautiful, free colouring page here

What to add to your bookshelf this spring

Here are three great new colouring books that have recently hit the shelves in South Africa:

Our Rainbow Nation illustrated by the great Clyde Beech (of Kwezi and Super Striker fame). This colouring books is great for celebrating South African heritage and has images of all the different groups of people residing in South Africa in their traditional attire. It retails for R80.

Our Rainbow Nation

Free! Find hundreds of free art-based colouring books here

The Little People Big Dreams series also has a colour-in version that allows children to colour in 15 famous faces such as Maya Angelou, Bruce Lee, Audrey Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, David Bowie and Muhammad Ali. Each spread has an abridged version of the person's story and an engaging large face to colour. It retails for R160.

Little People Big Dreams

Pelmo Publishers has also released a beautiful colouring book called 'Rooster for President'. It is derived from the well-known children's novel 'Isizwe Esisha' by Dr Lawrence Molefe, and is available in English and isiZulu with more languages coming soon. It retails for R60.

Other popular colouring books in the market are the colour-in version of 'How Many Ways Can You Say Hello' and 'Colour Me Melanin' - an anthology of poetry alongside 27 beautiful images of women from different African cultural groups.

Colour Me Melanin

Find the right colours here: 'Peach or brown?' Thanks to a local couple, kids now no longer limited in crayon choices! 

Be sure to include this book genre in your children's home library, as it comes with a whole lot of fun and benefits!


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