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Colouring-in Books and Drawing Templates

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Back in the 80s and 90s the use of colouring-in books was hotly debated amongst early childhood professionals and a consensus developed that drawing templates and colouring-in books were bad for children.

"Let children draw, let children paint freely - and don't role model" was the strong belief.

3yr old painting

 

However, now colouring-in books are now fashionable for adults. Such books are promoted as supporting mindfulness, for example the promotional blurb for the book shown below claims "this is an easy way to relax the mind, body and spirit, whilst subconsciously developing self-knowledge, expanding the imagination and creating a sense of well-being." 

colouring book for adults

Should the early childhood profession re-visit the use of colouring-in books?  In this article the frequently given reasons for and against are outlined and we invite you to debate this. 

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