If you’ve been to the office supply or craft section of any store in the past year, or happened to shop around at a book store, you’ve likely seen the latest craze: colouring books for adults. That’s right, colouring isn’t just for kids anymore!
Marketed as a therapeutic activity, these books are dominating the best-seller lists in bookstores. And for good reason! Here are a few of the great benefits of colouring as an adult:
- It improves your health. The experts can back this up. Famed psychologist Carl Jung actually prescribed colouring to his patients as part of their therapy, and his patients found that it helped them become more calm and less stressed by focusing on a creative activity. As well, psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala notes that colouring activates both the rational and creative sides of your brain, which also improves your motor skills and can even help delay or prevent dementia.
- It brings you back to your childhood. Everyone has had the experience of colouring back in elementary school or at home, and for good reason: it was fun as a child, and it’s fun to reconnect with your inner child!
“What does this have to do with camping,” you ask? You can create your own colouring book at your campsite using the natural elements around you!
Here’s what you need:
- White paper
- Crayons or coloured pencils
- Leaves from your campsite
Here’s how it works:
- Find a leaf and lay it on a flat surface with the veins facing up.
- Place a sheet of paper on top of the leaf.
- Use a black crayon or coloured pencil and colour on the part of the paper that’s covering the leaf. You’ll see the veins and leaf border.
- Repeat with however many leaves you want under different parts of the paper.
- Start colouring! Pick a different colour for each leaf.
That’s it! You can even preserve these sheets by putting them in a picture frame. Label it with the location where you coloured it and add the date, too.