I can remember as a kid how much pleasure I had coloring in my coloring books. I remember coloring for hours, taking great caution to stay within the lines. Coloring as neat as possible was very important to me. It was a great way to spend time with friends or siblings. Then I grew up and forgot all about this pastime, until I had children of my own. I found I couldn’t resist sitting down with my children and coloring one page while they colored the page beside it. Now my kids are growing up, and again, the pastime of coloring in coloring books has been put on the shelf.
But then I started solving Picapix puzzles and discovered eraseable pencil crayons were my choice of tool for this task. For someone who has always enjoyed solving puzzles of most common types, this was an enormous discovery of great proportion! It became my meditation as it calmed my nerves and eased my mind. There is actually positive psychology in coloring. It works as a relaxant, because it allows the mind to let go of momentary thoughts. Accessing creativity allows you to refocus your energy and attention away from problems which might be causing you distress.
So you see coloring isn’t just for children. Adults seeking to relax their mind and body need only find themselves a box of crayons, although solving my picapix puzzles may add a degree of challenge to that peacefulness. Still it is an added element to that feel-good-feeling in your head! For more information about coloring pictures for the elderly, I suggest this article: http://www.boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/coloring-pictures.html . And for coloring and solving some of my picapix puzzles, try these free printable ones: http://learnpicapix.com/free-puzzles/ .
Thank you Crayola – Diane Baher, author of 2 Picapix Books