Oodles of Summer Art Fun for Kids: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

June 11, 2013

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Week at a Glance

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Coloring Book By Herve Tullet
  • Samples of Summer Art Fun from The Coloring Book
  • Summer Reading Book Recommendation Dog Loves Drawing
  • Story Cubes Illustration Game

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Coloring Book By Herve Tullet

Why we love this book:

So have you heard the dreaded words already this summer, “I’m bored!” It’s time for you to pull out the paints, colored pencils, crayons and one great big enormous book of art inspiration.  The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet is unlike any other coloring book I’ve experienced. I like it much more than those doodle books I’ve seen. I would describe The Coloring Book as the “thinking person’s” coloring book.

The Coloring Book GIVEAWAY

The black outlines challenge children to think about and experiment with colors, shapes and design.

The Coloring Book GIVEAWAY

This is a hard review because I want to show you every single page. There is such variety and inspiration. Miss Enigma and I have enjoyed coloring together. It’s nice to follow her lead and chat while we color.  She often doesn’t follow directions and I think Herve Tullet would be just fine with that!

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

Early in the book a line of doodles spill over the pages, inviting children to . . .

  • Follow the loops . . .
  • Or color them in.

The Coloring Book GIVEAWAY

Before long we stumble upon a much more “serious” jumble of lines.

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

Later on in the book, budding artists are directed to . . .

  • Color some squares . . .
  • Draw new lines between the lines . . .
  • Now do the same to design the sofa, the rug and the picture.

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Pair The Coloring Book with the adorable read-aloud Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates and you’ll be well on your way to a summer full of oodles of doodles fun! We have repeatedly checked this book out from the library. They might as well give it to us. My kiddos are crazy for Dog and his drawing friends.

Dog’s Aunt Dora sends him a sketchbook and “Dog knew exactly what to do. . . .” He drew a door and then a stickman. Next, they DOODLE together because that’s the best way to come up with good ideas.You know I’ve got to love a book that doodles. For more about Dog and his doodles read more in my original review.

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

How to Spark Children’s Story Telling and Writing

This summer would also be a fun time to try our story illustration twist on Story Cubes.

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

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How do you curb the boredom of long hot summer days?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristi @ The Potter's Hand Academy June 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

In our house, we try to encourage exploration through the summer, but if they refuse to explore and entertain themselves… it’s obviously time to get back to our unit studies. ;-)

Karlee June 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

To curb the boredom of the long hot summer days. I always encourage children to use their imagination!
“we are bored,” says the children.
” Then I think you are not using your imagination skills to it’s full potential. I am sure you can think of something. Would you like me to help you list some things you can do?”
Things we can do, play with ice. For the little ones I have these frozen shapes that doesn’t melt. We put on a play that we all created together. Their best thing to do of course is black light and face paint, it sure beats our hot Nevada summer sun!

Robin June 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Science experiments are a fun way to push out boredom, they are fun to watch and learn from. Some children can help do and some they can do themselves..Reading can be a good way to beat boredom too.. i like to do both.

Anna - the Measured Mom June 12, 2013 at 1:55 am

We get out the kid pool or water table!

Tara H June 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

The boys definitely love water play. I’m trying to encourage more reading this year.

Jeannine June 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Yes, water play is always a hit! We don’t have a pool but a couple buckets of water, the sprinkler or the kiddie pool are always fun, refreshing exploration!

Karlee, I agree with you. My children never tell me “I’m bored.” They’re always investigating, building, creating and dreaming up their own fun and games. Children might need a little inspiration and they’re off and running!

Jamie June 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Summer is the perfect time for “field trips”. For example, we are going to go to the aquarium this weekend. Can’t wait!

Kristen June 13, 2013 at 2:54 am

water, lots and lots of water.

Rachel @ Wife, Then Mama June 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

We spend lots of time at the park :)

Ellie June 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

We try to take advantage of summer by getting out to parks and hiking, since the weather is beautiful!

Jeannine June 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

So many fun things to do during the summer to wash away the boredom! Back away from the TV kiddos we are ready for some summer fun!

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