Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it's a form of personal expression, as well.
Instead of purchasing coloring books from art stores, simply use the internet to look for your child's favorite cartoon or any movie characters. You could try to look for categories, like Disney Characters, Princesses, Barbie or alphabets. The kind of coloring books that your child prefers. With such, there is an endless selection in which you could choose from.
It is almost a universal truth that Disney characters are loved by children of all age. In fact these characters really inspire and entertain every kid. Cartoon characters create a whole new world in the minds of children. So when the next time your child is getting bored, you don't need to get worried because it's the best thing you provide your child with- Disney pictures to print and color. It not only brightens their day but also makes them emotionally satisfied. Characters like Mickey Mouse, the princess collection, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Lion King and many more inspire kids of all ages.
The lowly printable coloring page is really a chance to show kids a lot of things about the world and best of all you can find coloring pages on just about every theme and idea and they are often free to print out. Printable coloring pages even work well in a pinch. If you have a bunch of kids over and only one unused coloring book left, it's easy enough to go online and print out as many copies of coloring pages as you need.
Ok, decisions made and now you have some printed Coloring Pages, great! Time to let them make the next important decision - how are they going to be filled in.
To test the wits of the toddlers you can give them coloring puzzles. Let them first try to complete the puzzles and then color them once done. Since toddlers hold a perspective of what color an image should have, let them do the color they like. However, as they advance, try to push them to make the coloring resemble the actual looks of the thing represented by the images in the coloring books.