No matter what the theme or the picture, all a child - or the young at heart - needs is the page and something to color with. Pencils, crayons, markers, watercolor paints, chalk. There are coloring books made specially to be used with water-colors, that come with their own little set of paints and brush, and have thicker pages.
A small child's intellectual capabilities begin to develop as soon it is born and by age 4 they have developed most of the basic capabilities they would require for their adulthood. The brain never stops growing though and keeps on assimilating and organizing the knowledge it had acquired.
Children develop essential skills through such activities and also build inner confidence. You don't need exclusive membership rights to visit such websites. In fact you can take print outs for free for your children. Whether it is Disney character or any other Hollywood character like Spiderman, you can select the best among all for your kid.
Both teachers and parents could find the abundance of reinforcement for things that they teach about in terms of the educational coloring pages. Children could also be instructed in terms of knowing the colors, shapes, alphabets, seasonal occasions and even spiritual education to be strengthened in the church or even at home.
And more often than not children want to watch TV or play games on the computer whenever there seems to be nothing else to do. Think about this, how often do you see children running around while playing outside? These days the answer is seldom to never are children playing outside. And there are many reasons for this too, it's often times just too dangerous for kids to play outside unattended.
Occasionally, you'll find official cartoon or TV character sites (such as PBS programs) will make available coloring pages for free to their fans. And there are many other sites that distribute coloring pages of those copyrighted characters. Sounds like dangerous legal ground ...but, surprisingly, I've never heard of any of these sites being prosecuted for copyright infringement. So they'll probably continue to make them available.
With the availability of multiple images offered by today's technology you will never be at a loss for finding the image you want. If you can't find the exact image you are looking for you may be able to find somebody who would be willing to create one for you and a new creation will be born! Next time you are looking for a coloring page for your kids take a quick look at what is available right at your finger tips from your computer. With just an internet connection you will have limitless resources to entertain on those rainy days.