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.