Three reasons why colouring in isn’t just for children

Three reasons why colouring in isn't just for children

I am an adult and adults do responsible adult things like go to work and make dinner but they don’t do things like colouring in, as that is just for children.  Right?  Thankfully this isn’t the perception any more.  There has been a rise in the number of colouring in books and magazines, such as Calm, Colour, Create Magazine that encourages adults to get those pencil crayons out.  So what good reasons are there for adults to continue to do colouring in after their childhood has been and gone?  Here are three very good reasons:

1.  Colouring in is very calming.

2.  Stressed adults need to find a way to slow down.

3.  It is fun choosing colours and creating a great looking picture.

The seahorse to colour in
The seahorse to colour in
Beautiful detail in all the pictures to colour
Beautiful detail in all the pictures to colour

To be honest, I started off using this colouring in magazine feeling very stressed.  I was at my parents’ house, where the internet is very limited at the best of times, trying to work on my internet-based jobs.  Not ideal and so very stressful doing one bit of work then trying to send it via email only to have the internet cut off again. I thought the best thing to do was to try the colouring in magazine I’d been sent, to calm me down.

[bctt tweet=”Colouring in is very calming, even for adults. Do you colour in?”]I started colouring the seahorse and was complaining a bit still. I wanted to complete it quickly so that I could get back to being annoyed with the lack of internet.  The colouring in wasn’t a quick job though. I decided to carry on.  I felt a little more relaxed, accepting that it would probably take longer than two minutes to complete.

I was stressed to start with
I was stressed to start with

As I sat for longer and longer, I must admit that it worked wonders for my mood. I completed the seahorse, then moved onto the jellyfish followed by the flowers.  I think I must have coloured in for at least an hour.  Once my hand started aching, I realised that I was feeling totally relaxed.  The stress that I had felt had gone and I was quite proud of the beautiful pictures that I had created.  For me, colouring in was the perfect way to keep me calm.  I enjoyed choosing which colours I would use for each little part and how to shade them for extra effect.  I was pleased with the end result of all the pictures that I coloured.  My son even had a go!  I had to remind him that it was only for adults.

I found a child using my adult colouring in book!
I found a child using my adult colouring in book!

Colouring in is something I hadn’t thought about doing for years.  This activity is not just for children but is a useful and creative tool for helping adults with the stresses of everyday life.  I don’t think this is something that should be categorised as being only for children.  After all, activities like painting, sewing, knitting, embroidery, pyrography and etching were all activities I did as a child and my Mum continued to do as an adult. Why should colouring in be any different?

A set of colouring pencils was included with the magazine
A set of colouring pencils were included with the magazine
I was proud of my finished colouring in
I was proud of my finished colouring in


I actually really like colouring in, I'd forgotten how much
I actually really like colouring in, I’d forgotten how much

[bctt tweet=”Do you get stressed easily?Try colouring in with Calm, Create, Colour Magazine? @CalmCreate #review”]

You can find Calm, Colour, Create on Facebook and Twitter.  The magazine has an RRP of £4.99.


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Disclosure: We were given a copy of Calm, Colour Create Magazine to review, which is a colouring in magazine for adults.  All opinions are honest and my own. 

  • I have to admit I’ve never considered taking up colouring but I might give
    it a try

  • We love colouring in. I have found it really relaxing and have just joined an online sketchbook club

  • Everyone seems to be colouring in…..My friend loves it. I haven’t properly since I was a child myself.

  • Anne

    All my friends are colouring in too. I used to love it as a child maybe I should give it a try.

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  • I don’t do colouring, but I do cross stitch which is also very soothing. Am about to head off and do some now.

  • JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    I haven’t coloured in since I was a kid but it does look soothing!

  • I have a book but I haven’t gotten round to it yet !

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am a huge colouring in fan and do find it really calming x

  • I have taken colouring in as therapy after Georgie died. It works wonders. I found myself using it when sister in law was visiting last week as well, lol!xx

  • These are so pretty aren’t they? Much nicer than the more clumpy versions we had as kids. I can understand why they would be therapeutic too! 🙂

  • I brought one at the start of the year and have only got round to colouring a few pages in. The kids love mine too!

  • I love this latest colouring trend and the amazing colouring books. I need to have a go too.

  • Erica Price

    It is very calming, but I don’t have the patience to do it very often or for very long.

  • Erika

    Colouring is fantastic to help calm and centre your thoughts. I have five adult colouring books and do sit and use the quite often.

  • Kara

    The colouring you have done is beautiful, I am more of a doodler

  • Charly Dove

    What lovely colouring in, very neat! I have to say I love colouring and did a fair bit on holiday but zero time since. You’re right though, it’s very calming 🙂

    • dillydrops

      It certainly is. Thank you, I really enjoyed doing it 🙂

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    I’ve just bought one of these too. I just need to make the time to sit and do it. I need a distraction to slow my brain down sometimes. I think they are a great idea

    • dillydrops

      They are wonderful. They have worked well for me.

  • Mary Louise

    I have seen these adult books becoming more and more popular. I would love to buy one but i am terrible at organising my time so doubt i would get around to it! x

    • dillydrops

      They are great! I think you can print some online nowadays too. I think the Facebook Page for this book has some, if that helps?