Coloring contests have long been one of my Mom’s go to projects for those times when she needed a few minutes of peace and quiet. This happened pretty regularly when my cousins were spending the day or a few days with us.
The rules were to go and color quietly , then when you were done mom would pick a favorite. This was some MAMA MAGIC.
It worked like a charm with at least a couple of us each time. I think my brother would use the time to sneak away without coloring. But the whole point was to calm us down and get some quiet. I do not remember winning very often.
Over time coloring contests be came a Family Tradition. A few years ago I found a turkey dinner color sheet and emailed it to the more competitive cousin. Asking if she remembered the coloring contests to stop the arguing and bickering when we were little. Well from that e-mail Nana’s Coloring contest was born.
We all colored the same page and sent them to Nana. Mom loves the holidays and having people for lunch during the season so she had one group of friends that knew us as kids judge. There were 3 generations in the contest so it was divided into a few groups. Mom decided to send the kids a prize and the winning adult got some $’s too. It was the friendly banter and anticipation of the email on Christmas Afternoon announcing the winners that was the fun part.
Take some time to Color
In this time of being busy and over committed adding a coloring contest seems like the wrong thing to do.
BUT believe me it is MAMA MAGIC in that is really is exactly what we need. STOP take some time to gain some peace and quiet. It is what is so appealing about adult coloring books and the various coloring apps.
It was really simple to do the family contest. I just sent the image to all the families with the due date and address to send them ( We sent a the actual printed page- Nana is more analog than digital) but really you can just post them on instagram now with a family hashtag and the #922Saturdayscoloring one too. ( I will be looking!)
Since I am on a Gingerbread kick this Holiday Season I have 2 Gingerbread houses that you can simply click to print. These print 7×7 so you have a border on an lettersize page. I love to cut out a mat to mount or 2 to frame them, just cut a 8.5 inch square with a 7 inch square centered on it, then cut a second 8.5 inch square for the backing or to mountthe print out just cut it down to a 7 inch square and glue in the center. I made a quick template for the Cricut.
I can give you a few game changing tips.
- Print the image on good paper
- Dark intense colors show up better.
- While crayons are great, I like to mix in markers and colored pencils.
- Get a blending pencil for colored pencils it is amazing— more MAMA MAGIC
The blending pencil burnishes the color and removes the pencil lines. You can blend multiple colors together as well like in the reddish orange layer below. Be sure to clean of the tip between colors just “writing” on a scrap or sharpening work.