(Free coloring pages at bottom of page)
Children will enjoy these cute coloring pages because all children are little artists!
What you should also know, is coloring helps your child to develop color relationship sensitivity (choosing what color goes where,) fine motor skills (staying in the lines) and image comprehension, which is a foundation for many other learning skills developed at a young age.
The best thing about these kitten coloring pages, is they can be printed out over and over, for free!
When we were kids, we (or rather, mom and dad) would buy us a coloring book, and once one page was done, that was all there was. All gone. No more. Remember those days?
Do you also remember feeling inhibited or intimidated by the permanency? Maybe it's just me, but I remember feeling that, and that limitation can stifle creativity.
Thanks to the internet, cute coloring pages can be printed over and over again, so your child can experiment with different techniques and colors on the same image!
There are so many other benefits to printing out these free pages for your child (or students), the only limit is his or her imagination!
Idea #1: Imitation is Flattery. If your child enjoys looking at paintings by famous artists, have him or her recreate that style on one of these :
Andy Warhol A great way to help children compare and contrast color relationships and encourage color creativity! Simply print out one image 4 times, and suggest your child do each one in different colors. When finished, put them up on the fridge or wall in a 4-square formation a-la Andy!
Van Gogh Bold color choices and textured brush strokes characterize Van Gogh's works, such as "Starry Night." Print out one of the cute coloring pages below, and have your child go bold with strong, decisive color! (hint: if you have access to plate-finished paper or glossy card stock and bleed-proof printer ink, you can print the coloring page for finger paints!)
Renaissance No, I'm not suggesting that your little one is the next Da Vinci (could be!) but this idea is for the more advanced child artist--depth of perceived object. Suggest to your child or students to give a sense of depth to the coloring pages by implementing highlights and shading.
How is this done? For a simple explanation, define an imaginary light source, such as coming from the left of the page. Use a regular crayon color (say, medium orange) for the middle of the object, a darker orange or light brown for the shadow side, and a yellow color for the highlight.
Is your child proud of his or her famous-artist-imitation? Share it with us! (See bottom of page for instructions)
Idea #2: "Anti-Color" Another technique that will be more easily grasped by older children is the idea of using just pencil or ink to "color" these cute coloring pages. From pointillism, to cross-hatching, to blending with a finger, even to making loopy designs within the lines, there are many interesting ways to fill in these cat coloring pages without using any crayons or paints. Your child or student can get very creative with textures and shading this way.
Idea #3: Think Outside the Lines Consider printing these cute coloring pages at different sizes or on different types of papers, and have your child or students apply them to other crafts:
There is no limit to what can be created from these cute coloring pages! Take a picture of what your little artist did, and upload it to our Children's Art Gallery!
Idea #4: Art and the Wordsmith Does your child have an aptitude for writing? Encourage him or her to color in one of these kitten coloring pages and when finished, write a short story or poem to go along with the picture (or pictures.)
They can be funny stories, silly stories, I will even publish spooky stories! The poems can rhyme, not rhyme, or be haikus, or anything your little writer wants to express--this is a supportive atmosphere! Upload your child's finished cute coloring page(s) and story or poem! I read and review everything that gets sent.
None of the above ideas are requirements to being in this Children's Art Gallery--Any one of these cute coloring pages of kittens that your child colors will qualify.
But artistic development aside, another benefit to these free cat coloring pages is it will give you a chance to talk to your kids about kittens.
If you are thinking of getting a kitten for your home, or recently got one, talking with your small child while he or she is coloring (and focused) is a good time to teach him or her how the kitten should be treated.
These cute coloring pages, while being fun, will help children develop sensitivity to animals, especially if this is their first pet. It is a great learning experience.