Colouring-in is a favourite activity in our house for Miss T (age 5). Our walls are adorned with daily masterpieces and the ink in our markers is running dry. At the other end of the scale, adult colouring-in is all the rage. Books of beautiful mandalas are being snapped up by creative ‘big kids’ who are keen to unwind with some therapeutic quiet colouring time.
But what about those creative kids in between? Those too old for character colouring books and too young for super-detailed mandalas?
My beautiful and creative niece Miss L (age 10) has found just the colouring book.
Enchanted Forest is a stunning colouring book by illustrator Johanna Basford and takes readers on an inky quest through an Enchanted Forest. As well as drawings to colour and embellish, there are hidden animals and magical objects to be found along the way including nine special symbols.
Here’s what Miss L had to say about Enchanted Forest:
“My best friend Charlie gave this book to me for my 10th birthday last month. It’s something you don’t rush – kind of like a work in progress colouring book.”
“I love colouring-in the pictures as once I’ve finished a page I feel like I’ve accomplished something.”
“This book is great for some quiet time or if you have nothing to do. It’s a fun way to be creative and fill in time. My favourite page is the lift out page at the end with the dragon. It’s very detailed!”
“It’s quite a technical colouring book so I’d recommend this book for kids aged 8 and over who love art and craft. My little 8 year old sister now wants one of her own for Christmas!”
And from me…
The illustrations are simply beautiful. This book is perfect for older kids who want more of a challenge and to colour-in images that are more age appropriate. As a ‘big kid’, I’d happily to sit down with a cuppa and enjoy some colouring quiet time (in fact, I’d be happy for any sort of quiet time).
You can find Enchanted Forest online at Gift Grapevine’s Booktopia affiliate or your local independent bookseller along with Johanna Basford’s other stunning colouring books Secret Garden and Lost Ocean.
Do you love to colour-in?
Have you discovered any great colouring-in books for older kids?