Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Fun 2014 - Quiet Time Coloring Circles

I was desperate for a few minutes of non-destructive, quiet time.  So, I dug out Edward Eager's Half Magic (our favorite, summer go-to, audio book), and sat down with Paint's circle maker to sketch out a quick, but complicated coloring sheet.  Quick, in that it didn't take long to make, especially since I wasn't too particular about drawing perfect circles...

...but complicated, though not necessarily difficult, to color in.  Circles can become almost anything - from beach balls to planets, faces, eyeballs, or bubbles.  They can be colored in with crayons, or filled with geometric designs.  The choices are nearly endless.  And, picking one design to repeat throughout all of the circles is an extremely absorbing activity, in a calming sort of way.

I  printed enough for each of the children to have one, or two sheets, suggested a few coloring possibilities, turned on the audio book, and left them to pick their own themes, and work away in relative, beautiful silence.

For more children's art with circles, you might also enjoy:

Sir Cumference inspired circle art

Apollonian Pumpkin Patch

or Ed Emberley inspired sugar cookies.

We really like circles.


Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

What a great quiet time activity! I'm doing this with my kids.

Ticia said...

Hee hee, so many circles. I'm trying to imagine sitting down and drawing all of them and having them turn out looking as circular as yours did.

My circles never look that round.

Alice Emma Thompson said...

Love these ... something very therapeutic about them

Angelic Scalliwags said...

Either I'm really behind or you guys are doing lots and lots of activities this summer! Another great idea!

Annette Whipple said...

Where is the circle printable found?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Annette - I didn't really save a printable - but just printed the empty circle picture right out of paint, as a full page "to fit". There are circle coloring sheets out there, but you're certainly welcome to copy and print the empty circles from the the picture here :)