Coloring Sheets Provide Options for Elderly Activities

by Miranda
(Oklahoma City, OK)

Coloring Sheets

Coloring Sheets

Coloring sheets and pages aren't just for kids..I have first hand experience with my mother. The options when it comes to arts and crafts for seniors are nearly limitless and provide a variety of themes for seniors to color.


From Christian-based themes to fantasy, cartoon characters, the natural world, animals, or sports, coloring pages are available in free printable downloads on the Internet.

Coloring sheets are popular with a wide variety of age groups and help stimulate creativity, imagination, and provide more physical benefits such as digital dexterity.

I was a bit hesitant suggesting that my 82-year-old mother color, but she really liked the Bible coloring pages that she saw in a book, and wanted to do something for the children's nursery and Bible studies rooms at our local church.

The degree of difficulty is also based on preference, so whether I'm choosing a holiday theme, Disney themes, or my mom's favorites, the Biblical based coloring pages that bring stories to life, I typically look to Dover Publications. By clicking onto their website at www.doverpublications.com, it's easy to find a variety of books based on theme.

Another popular website, especially for crafts, cartoons and activity sheets is Crayola - and who better to supply coloring pages than the world's leading crayon maker?

I soon realized that coloring not only helped Mom pass time while in the company of others, but increased her imagination in the use of colors. Sometimes she even experimented with colors, which I was happy to see.

Diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's, Mom has found (and I agree) that coloring pictures has helped keep her mind sharp, her imagination and creativity strong, and her involvement in a simple project stress-free and enjoyable.

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Other Websites with Free Printable Coloring Sheets
by: Mary Sue

You might also want to check out www.hellokids.com for hundreds of free printable Disney-themed coloring sheets and pages that you can download for free.

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Coloring Sheets Together Very Neat Social Time for Family
by: Darlene

I have found the when I offered to color with my grandmother, she gets more involved.

I think that at first she felt a little embarrassed to be coloring at her age, but when I told her that the grand kids would love to have some pictures colored for her, she took off.

When we color together, it gives us both an opportunity to share, interact, and just "hang out". I wouldn't change that for the world.

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Coloring Sheets at Other Websites
by: Ruth

You made some good suggestions regarding resources, but the Disney website also has a nice number of free coloring sheets that can be accessed not only on the Crayola website but also at others.

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