My boys love to color. But they are still pretty little, so sometimes "coloring" means drawing a few squiggles and then asking for a new page. Those coloring books can add up! I love using free printable pages (and will share some favorites at the end of this post) but paper and ink can get pricey too. I found a great way to keep my boys happy and save some money by making our own reusable coloring book!
This project is so easy - you might have everything you need at home already!
All you need is:
- 3 Ring Binder
- Sheet Protectors (I like Heavyweight or Super Heavyweight)
- Coloring Pages or plain paper
- Dry Erase markers or crayons - get the washable kind!
Put your coloring pages or plain paper in the sheet protectors. You can print free coloring pages online (keep reading for links to some of my favorites) or tear them out of a coloring book. You can put them in the sheet protectors back to back or I like to do a single sheet in each protector so that you have a mix of pre-printed pictures and blank pages.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that you can totally customize it to your kids' favorite characters, holidays, whatever they like!
Once your pages are loaded just place them in your 3 ring binder. Make it as large or small as you'd like!
I love binders that you can slip your own cover into. If that's what you have, I've made you a free printable cover too:
CLICK HERE to download your free cover.
Once everything is assembled you are ready to go. Give your kids some washable dry erase markers or crayons and let them color!
One of my boys LOVES to erase his art - it wipes off with a paper towel but you may need to give it a good cleaning with water (or a baby wipe!) every now and then to keep it totally clean.
Ready for more coloring!
Again, you can fill your book with anything that your kids will enjoy. I've pulled together some of my favorite free coloring page resources to give you a head start:
90+ Coloring Pages from Kids Activities Blog
70 Coloring Pages from My Life & Kids
Huge Coloring Page Collection (great holiday sets!) from What Do We Do All Day?
Coloring & Activities Collection from Every Star is Different
Horse Coloring Page from Arts & Crackers
Apple Coloring Pages from The Good Long Road
Space Coloring Pages from In the Playroom
Snowflake Coloring Pages from In the Playroom
Valentine's Day Coloring Set from Red Ted Art
Dinosaur Coloring Pages from Red Ted Art
Penguin Coloring Pages from Kid's Creative Chaos
Design Your Own Monster Truck from School Time Snippets
Number Coloring Pages from 3 Dinosaurs
Dolphin Coloring Pages from Itsy Bitsy Fun
And you can find your favorite character sets here:
Need any supplies to make your coloring book? Here you go! (affiliate links)