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When is National Coloring Book Day?

National Coloring Book Day is August 2nd.

What is National Coloring Book Day?

Coloring books come in every shape and size. Animated characters dance across their pages. Miniature cars move through the elaborate cityscape of a bustling metropolis. For both kids and adults, National Coloring Book Day celebrates this artistic and restful pastime.

Coloring books are a staple of childhood. Few of us reminisce about it, but most of us spent hours—nay, days!—giving color to everything under the sun. Here is where we learned to color in the lines and where our children now absorb the same lesson.

Kids don’t have all the fun though. Adult coloring books and coloring parties have taken off in recent years. The grown-up alternative to crayons are stylish markers with slender tips and finely sharpened pencils. It’s relaxing. After a day at the office, coloring engages a different part of the brain, without the need to perform for anyone.

But don’t worry; you can color outside the lines. That’s okay. Anyone can pick up a cornflower crayon or a jungle green pen and enjoy National Coloring Book Day.

Fun facts about National Coloring Book Day!

  • Children’s coloring books became mainstream around the 1880s.
  • The earliest coloring books were “painting books” for watercolors, not crayons. (It wasn’t until 1902 that Crayola even made what we recognize now as crayons.)
  • Adult coloring books became commercially successful in 2012.

How to celebrate National Coloring Book Day:

  • Look for a coloring party in your area. You can even find them online.
  • Throw your own coloring party. Invite your friends, and provide a few adult coloring book options.
  • Sit down with your kids and the crayons for some quality time. Color pictures for each other, and praise their creativity.

What’s the hashtag for National Coloring Book Day?

Share your artwork on social media with #NationalColoringBookDay.