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Springtime Coloring Book Fun

Todd and I had a fun date night last night.  We ended up at a local bookstore called Indigo Bridge Books.  I had a 2 Groupons for $20.00 worth of merchandise each, so I had a blast looking & shopping around.

{See that amazing tree?  Toby Thomas is the artist.}
{If you have not signed up for Groupon, YOU MUST CLICK HERE to learn more about it.  All of our date nights have been 50-70% off, and many were even free, thanks to Groupon–I’m a big fan! If your friends sign up you get $10 free when they make their first purchase.}

Back to our date night and shopping–I found the best coloring book for my girls and had to get it!

Spring Has Sprung (Designs for Coloring)
This book is about an inch thick and full springtime beauty!
There is something so therapeutic about coloring, it is an activity I don’t mind doing with my girls, especially when my energy is low and the coloring pages look like these! 
Here are some other coloring books/art books we have used and loved:
Scribbles: A Really Giant Drawing and Coloring Book
This one has kept my girls busy in the car on several road trips.
Doodle All Year
The Second Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activites for Ages 6 and Up (Anti-Coloring Books)
Love the creativity this one inspires
Pencil, Paper, Draw!: Flowers
This is a favorite of my youngest.  She has spent hours drawing flowers!
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad - Pink
Another favorite of my youngest.  It also comes in blue.
Mandalas Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Books)
Stained Glass Coloring Book
These end up works of art, worthy of framing
Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book
This one is just silly fun!  We have made very fun thank you cards out these little characters.

Our Favorite brand of colors and art supplies:

Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons - 24 pack
My girls love that there is no paper in the way.  They are also very strong and do not break as easily as most crayons.  The case is super convenient, the hard plastic cover swivels up…no torn boxes!!
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Crayons
Great for little fingers.
Melissa & Doug Rainbow 6 Color Stamp Pad
This one is perfect for fingerprint art.
Metallic Creamy Crayons (6 + Brush)
I saved their favorite for last.  These are awesome.  They are like jumbo chapstick containers that twist.  They are creamy, shiny and so much fun to use.  My youngest got them for Christmas, my oldest keeps sneaking in her room to use them.  They look great on black paper, but can be used on all types of 

Got any coloring/art book favorites?
How about art supplies?

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  • Katie
    February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    We love the Alex brand Jumbo Dots and Dashes sponge tip painters. We are going to have to check out the metallic crayons.

  • Kat
    February 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I love groupon and that book store looks like the perfect spot to get away for a bit. Great choice of coloring books. My girls love to color. It one activity that never seems to get old. My husband just started working for Melissa and Doug so I’ll have to check out the crayons too 🙂

  • Stefan, Sarah and Lukka
    February 21, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I, too, am an avid coloring-book enthusiast 🙂 I love the ones you chose, I have also looked at them, but my kids are still a bit too young (2 & 3) to get into those anti-coloring/doodle ones, but someday.
    I love Indigo Bridge, and I must have signed up to Groupon late–I don’t remember that one or I would have bought 2 also!
    Glad you had a fun date night. Their hot chocolate is my favorite.

    Sarah M

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