Have you become aware of the adult colouring book craze yet? I’m willing to bet you have: adult colouring books are everywhere at the moment, stacked high in bookshops alongside packs of scented pens, stuffed into the magazine racks at the supermarket.
It’s all about mindfulness, allowing yourself a few moments every day to empty your mind and unwind.
Which is great and all, but honestly? Who really has the time when you’re already struggling to find the time to balance your immense and growing to do list with keeping your children entertained?
This book is the answer.
I stumbled across it in Waterstones just when I was first becoming aware of the craze, and fell in love, both with the idea and with the execution. This book is beautiful and the perfect size to share with your child. The paper feels good quality with no bleed through, and the illustrations are lovely, with plenty of intricate details for you and your child to colour in.
Wee Girl and I spent a long while bent over the table colouring in, and she stayed far more focused on the activity than she would have done had I left her to colour on her own. We also had a bit of a communication breakthrough with her pointing at bubbles on one of the pages and saying ‘bubbub’ (just in case you’re not aware, she doesn’t talk AT ALL, so this is pretty awesome).
So in short, it’s a win-win-win situation: you get to participate in a hobby which is calming and meditative, while keeping your child entertained and improving engagement.
There’s also a slightly less gendered version, Colour with Me, but I haven’t seen this so I’m not sure if it’s in the same format, although I believe it is.