Do your kids love coloring pages? So many do. And, so, you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of them here. I have been creating away and can’t wait for you to see all of the designs coming your way. And…the best part is they will be absolutely free! Just enter your email below to download your free Winter Animal coloring pages. This collection includes 5 pdfs to color.
Of course, these FREE PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES are super fun, but they’re more than that. They’re an opportunity to improve pencil (crayon) grasp, fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration and more!
Whether you use these with your kids at home, in the library, at school, or really…anywhere, we know that your child is going to love exploring their creative side with these free activities.
Amp Up the Fun with these Ideas for Using Free Coloring Pages
Coloring with crayons or markers is a fun and simple activity that is portable and good on so many levels. But there’s nothing that says you need to stick with just crayons when playing with these free printable coloring pages.
Start with coloring these Winter coloring pages and then add things from your craft bag (we stick to the same 27 items for every craft on this site so that once you fill your bag, you are all set to make anything you find here…yay! Get the master list to fill your bag so that you can craft along too.) Put pieces of tissue paper on areas that you want to texture or all over to create a mosaic. Or add washi tape for some interest. Maybe you want to put some clouds in the sky or a little fuzz on an animal…just fluff up some cotton balls and glue them in place. There are so many possibilities!
Keep reading to the bottom to download these Winter Animal Coloring Pages for FREE 🙂
Books are a great way to further the wintery fun. Plus it’s a great way to improve vocabulary and basic reading skills, as well as to increase attention span.
Here are some of our favorite Winter Animal books to give a try.
Tips for Improving Fine Motor Skills
I know that when coloring with little ones, there are all kinds of special crayons out there that you can buy. Some are better than others. I personally like the pebble crayons because they come in so many beautiful colors. But, really, you can skip buying something special all together. Instead, just break your regular crayons in half. Trust me.
I know that it’s nice to have beautiful new crayons, but they are better tools for promoting fine motor skills when broken. Take it from an occupational therapist with years of experience. This makes it almost impossible for children to grasp the crayon with a fisted grasp and instead to use fingertips, moving toward a mature grasp for better writing when the time comes.
Gently encourage your child to use their fingertips to hold the crayon, but then let them use their own creativity to color the picture, even going outside of the lines if they haven’t yet mastered staying inside the lines.
More Tips for Using Coloring Pages for Kids
We’re always telling kids that they need to stay inside the lines when coloring, but the truth is that little ones aren’t necessarily developmentally ready for that. Generally speaking, kids should begin coloring inside the lines by about ages 5 to 6. If your child is in that age range and still scribbling like crazy, try this…
Before having your child color on the page, go around some of the main borders of the picture with a bead of Elmer’s glue (let it dry overnight) or hot glue. This way there is a tactile border in addition to the visual border to follow.
How to Improve Core Strength with Coloring Pages
This next little tip will not only help improve your child’s core strength, but it will also improve should and wrist stability. It’s super simple. Just tape the color page onto the wall and color on the vertical surface. Another position you can try is to have your child lay on their back under a table with the coloring page taped to the bottom of the table. Then they will just reach up to color the page.