Coloring. Does this word bring any memories to mind?
For me, I have memories lying on the kitchen floor with my crayons coloring away while my mom was cooking. I loved to color, adding color to a page to bring it to life, my way.
Other memories for me include spending time with my niece at the kitchen table, coloring with my step-sister as she taught me the techniques she used to blend colors, create shadows, and memories of my own children chatting away about their day as they colored with me.
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So when I came across ReallyColor.com, it sparked my interest immediately!
I had to know how Reallycolor worked and how I could use it in my homeschool!
The benefits of coloring for adults:
If you have spent any time on the internet lately you would know that coloring for adults is going nuts.
Everywhere you look there are coloring pages for adults. This coloring book for adults is very popular, which brings to mind the question:
Why? Why do grown adults spend time on a child’s activity?
Simply put it is good for you.
Some of the benefits are:
- Helps reduce stress
- Helps work on fine motor skills
- Means of calming and relaxation
- Reduces anxiety
- Brings back happy memories (as mentioned above)
- Coloring is said to use both sides of the brain and help us in problem-solving.
- For more information read this article on the benefits of coloring.
As you can see coloring is good really good for you! I, personally, started back to coloring when I found super cute adult coloring planners at a local store, bought one for each of the children and myself. (you can see photos here) I was kind of skeptical of how relaxing it would be. I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised.
If you are already an adult coloring addict check this amazing list for everything an adult coloring addict must have. You’re welcome!
The benefits of coloring for children:
Children benefit from coloring in all the same ways as mentioned above but as a parent (homeschooling or not) you will find a few extra reasons to be excited about handing your child a coloring page.
Coloring helps your child:
- develop and improve fine motor skills
- learn to hold and use crayons
- make decisions
- identify and recognize colors
- express themselves
- to calm down
- to retain information they hear while coloring
Just to name a few.
You can use coloring pages to keep children busy while waiting at appointments, on car trips, to create gifts and more!
How Reallycolor.com works
From the above, you can see coloring is so important for everyone.
So what is Realllycolor.com?
ReallyColor.com is a site where you can turn a photo of something real, a photo you personally took, into a coloring page.
A pet you love, your own child, a family member, whatever you can take a photo of can be turned into a coloring page, easily without having to know any computer programs.
I found this really useful for children who are just plain sick of coloring those fictional cartoon characters. How many older children want to sit and color those “kiddie” pages you find? I hear complaints all the time from my two about how easy they are. So I thought I would give them adult pages but those were too tedious. I needed something in between.
My Personal Review of Using Reallycolor.com:
I wanted to test this out. I asked the kids to choose a photo they might like to color if it was a coloring page and email it to me.
Well, kids being kids they surprised me and set up objects, took a photo and sent them to me. Alrighty…
Here are the photos they sent me along with the coloring pages they got!
Here is what I did:
Step 1. Go to ReallyColor.com and create an account
Step 2. Upload your image of choice. Once it is done uploading you will see a photo score as to whether your photo is a good one to use. Note: The bigger, brighter, and more crisp your original image is, the better your coloring page will turn out.
Step 3: Once your image is loaded you can edit the picture. You have a few choices including how thick you want the lines, you are able to erase flaws and more
Step 4: Once you have the image the way you like it, hit continue.
Step 5: You will get to preview the image before you spend any credits. (you can buy credits here)
Step 6: If you are happy with the way it looks, finish the order. Your photo will get emailed to you. Now you can print it as many times as you like.
I loved how easy to use it was and customize. I suggest you to try it out.Get creative in your #homeschool with @ReallyColor! Turn #photos into #coloring pages! #ishnet Click To Tweet
Using ReallyColor.com in my homeschool:
Of course, my mind would go there! #sorrynotsorry
The idea behind really color is letting children color real things they see, be it beloved pets, favorite toys, things they see in nature and even themselves. It allows them to change the color without actually coloring the dog blue!
Here are some ideas on how you can keep kids engaged while using ReallyColor.com in your homeschool:
1. Take a photo of a field trip, use the coloring page for:
- the cover page for report
- Highlighting the architecture or historical aspects of the place
- As keepsake of the trip and what was learned
2. For favorite books: Take a photo of the cover of the book and have them color it while you read aloud! This lets them change the colors without damaging the book, as well as keeps little ones busy while you focus on older ones.
3. Use a photo of themselves, turn it into a coloring page for:
- A lesson on feelings, how to control anger and more.
- And “All About ME” lesson for little ones.
- A Back to school activity.
- A plan for the year for older ones
*letting younger kids change what they look like by adding color to themselves is just such a cool idea!! Even older ones who wonder what would they look like with different hair color, eyes color, or with makeup!
4. Take a photo of a beloved pet, toy, place or more and turn it into a card, a gift for family and friends, a keepsake of a memory. Great for family members that live far away! (Art, creative writing and more!)
5. Use them to create lesson plans around a beloved pet, object, toy etc.
These are just the tip of the iceberg!
How do you use coloring pages in your homeschool? Let me know!
*I was given access to ReallyColor.com in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are mine. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please share if you do!