Not Your Average Coloring Book

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Finding really cool and fun coloring books has become a bit of an obsession of ours.  Not that we don’t love coloring Cinderella’s dress for the ball or Iron Man’s red suit…again, but finding a coloring book that teaches and engages our kids as much as it impresses us is more our speed.  We’ve found that checking out your local museum or art gallery is a fabulous way to get started.  Most of them have an amazing collection of coloring and activity books.  We just cracked open MoMA’s “The Color Play Coloring Book” at our house and can say without a doubt that it’s a major hit with us & the kids.  The Museum Of Modern Art in NYC isn’t our local museum unfortunately, but this particular coloring book is available through Chronicle Books, as are other original MoMA products.  Large and easy to share with 2 or more people at a time, this coloring book teaches you about mixing shades and experimenting with color.  It’s chocked full of prompts that will keep you and the kids busy and happy on the rainiest of days.  To be honest, it’s more of a painting book, as the author gives lots of advice and kid friendly tips on painting.  Whatever your choice of color expression is, MoMA’s found a way to keep you interested and learning.  We think it makes a fantastic birthday gift for that 5 year old on your list…or anyone with a love of coloring.