Coloring books are where most kids start to develop their artistic dexterity. They are available relatively cheap, they are often related to cartoon characters or objects familiar to very young children. They provide guidelines for children who are learning to control their hand movements by "coloring inside the lines".
These days color by number printables are available in a variety of artistic forms. You have an opportunity to pick from different cartoon creatures and/or pets, trucks etc. If the son or daughter adores Lilo and Stitch, without doubts, you may find a lot of coloring e-books featuring the heroes of that cartoon.
So prepare ahead of time and make sure that you've got enough distractions for the kids so that the trip will be uneventful in terms of fighting. Siblings don't usually like sharing stuff so you'll need at least two of everything. Two sets of crayons, two sets of coloring books. And it's probably best to make sure that both sets are exactly the same so that they don't get into an argument over the perception that Billy's coloring book is better than Casey's.
Coloring sheets which prove helpful by coloring the things within the surrounding - to be connected and gain the knowledge about the surrounding, coloring is a great means to help a child learn to distinguish the stuff around him or her. The coloring sheets which offer natural features can also be found from the internet.
With a fairy coloring sheet it is even more wondrous! Here is a beautifully formed ethereal creature with pretty or flowing hair, a great outfit, gorgeous wings, right in front of you, and now there are decisions to be made. Now your heart is beating rapidly, your mind cannot help but search for the creative idea, as you choose your first crayon, or pencil crayon, or paint color, or even digital paint color. So now you have a color for what part of the coloring page? For the hair, the clothes, or is it the wings?
If you haven't experienced Handy Manny yet then I can recommend you do so! First launched by Disney in 2006, this helpful handyman is a great role model for kids of all ages. As a parent I find it refreshing to have a positive character for my young boys to watch. Like all Disney programs for children there is no violence but what I enjoy the most is the fact Manny doesn't use computers. It is good to see a show that teaches the benefits of gaining real world skills and the rewards of having a trade.