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Teaching Your Child How to Color

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If you are having trouble getting your kids to color, maybe they just need a little guidance learning how to color. Just follow our fun “rules of coloring” to help kids focus and have fun coloring.

My kids never really enjoyed coloring.  They would sit down with a coloring book and spend about 2 minutes coloring and move on. I can’t say I really blame them, though. I’m personally not a big fan of coloring because I didn’t know how to color. None of the pictures I colored ever turned out pretty. Then my daughter went off to first grade where she had art class every week and our coloring lives changed forever.

In first grade at our local public school my daughter met her art teacher Mr. B. The first thing Mr. B set out to teach his 1st grad students was how to color. Coincidentally, I also learned to color because my daughter was now a coloring machine at home. All those unused coloring books were being filled up at an amazing rate. It was fun but the experience ended with the picture being colored and hung up on the fridge. But not any more thanks to Crayola’s Color Alive Action Coloring Pages that Bring Your Coloring To Life!

Crayola Color Alive uses an app to take the drawing off the pages of a coloring book and into places limited only by your child’s imagination, fusing real-world creativity with digital interactivity. My kids absolutely love the Color Alive books!

In a nutshell, your kids (or you, ahem) color the pictures in the Color Alive books. Currently you can choose from fairies, Barbie, Magical Kingdom and Skylander. Download the Color Alive app on to your electronic device then use the app to scan the picture and the character comes alive.

Save the character to the app and you can take them anywhere. My kids had a ball taking pictures of each other with their characters on their shoulders or even in the beds. Coloring is no longer the entire activity. Now they can take their creations and make them a part of their lives.

Make sure to check out the Color Alive Sweepstakes for a chance to win! There will be 3 weekly prizes and one grand prize — a trip for 4 to the brand new Crayola Experience in Orlando, FL — opening Summer 2015!

Mr. B’s Rules of Coloring

  1. Focus on your paper.
  2. Don’t leave any white spots.
  3. Go slowly using short strokes all in the same direction.
  4. HAVE FUN!

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