Coloring is therapeutic. It actually relaxes your brain and body, helping reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Parents, teachers, and caregivers of children and teens can use coloring as a tool for various reasons. For example, younger kids benefit by improving their fine motor coordination while also learning the alphabet.
In fact, you can introduce coloring to kids around their 1-year mark. Teens, on the other hand, may choose to color as a way to feel calmer and increase their focus.
How Can Our Coloring Worksheets Help
While these coloring worksheets seem like a creative outlet for kids and teens, they also help with mental health. Each set of coloring pages features a unique theme — baby animals, alphabet, spring, and more — while showing various coping and self-care skills.
How to Use Our Coloring Worksheets
Our coloring worksheets and handouts can benefit individuals in the following ways:
- Many of our coloring worksheets are fillable PDF files. This means they can be clicked and typed into directly on a device. This is convenient for distance learning and telehealth services.
- Our coloring worksheets can be used to highlight, or illustrate a specific mental health topic in the therapy room or classroom as part of a therapeutic lesson.
- They provide visual and written engagement to support different modalities of learning, which can enhance traditional talk or play therapy.
- They can be provided as homework to encourage individuals to be thoughtful about the lessons taught in the therapy room, practice the skills taught in the therapy room without the therapist’s support, use the handouts as engaging visual aids to post at home, and reference when they need a reminder to support their mental health, and review with parents, which allows parents and other caregivers an opportunity to support their children in using the skills they are learning.
- When individuals return to the therapy room, the worksheets can be referenced multiple times throughout treatment to support long-term learning.