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National Coloring Book Day

Coloring Book Day, for kids and adults

About National Coloring Book Day

When is National Coloring Book Day? This holiday is always celebrated on August 2

Are you or someone you know a budding artist? Are you looking for something fun and relaxing to do? Then, discover the joys of coloring! Grab some crayons, colored pencils, or watercolors as today is National Coloring Book Day. Coloring books are a great activity for both kids and more recently adults. Adults can color as individuals or join a “Coloring Club”. Anyone can do it at any age, regardless of skill level. On this August 2 holiday kids as well as adults can become artists and practice their skill at drawing full-color pictures. It’s a perfect activity for a rainy day, or to pass the time away on an otherwise boring day.

This activity was once looked upon as a child’s activity during rainy days. It is also good to help them to refine their fine motor skills. More recently, it has become a hobby for adults. You don’t have to be artistic. However, the ability to stay between the lines helps. An eye for pleasing color combinations helps to enhance the quality of the pictures, too. Like all hobbies, you will get better with time. And if your work is not award-winning, who cares!? You don’t have to show your work to anyone but yourself. The only thing that matters is that you are having fun. 

Coloring Book Trivia

  • The first coloring pages appeared in 1612 and were meant for adults.
  • in 1880, Kate Greenway created the first coloring book, titled “The Little Folks”.
  • In 1970, Dover Publications released its first coloring book for adults. It was titled Antique Automobiles Coloring Book.
  • Like other hobbies, it reduces stress and anxiety levels.
  • Coloring utilizes both hemispheres of the brain, the thinking side, and the creative side.
  • You can color with crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils.
  • Pencil drawings are an artistic form of coloring.
  • Bread was once used as an eraser.
  • In 1777, an English Engineer accidentally picked up a piece of rubber to use as an eraser. He discovered that it worked quite well.
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How to Celebrate and Participate in National Coloring Book Day

Participation in this day is easy. And, it’s fun. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate and participate in National Coloring Book Day:

  • Start a new hobby.
  • Sit down at the table with a coloring book, and crayons or watercolors.
  • Hold a coloring party for kids or adults.
  • Download free coloring pages.
  • Buy a coloring book for a child. Don’t forget the crayons.
  • Buy a coloring book for an adult. Seniors often look for things to do.
  • Senior centers can provide picture books to color in as an arts and craft activity.

Today's Quote

“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.” – – Phyllis McGinley

Adult Coloring Book

History and Origin of National Coloring Book Day

In May 2015, Dover Publications created National Coloring Book Day. Without a doubt, they did so to promote their products. And we are so glad they did. Dover Publications even offers a free mini-coloring book to download. According to their website, this free download changes monthly.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. There are no congressional records or presidential proclamations.

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.

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