Kids love to color, but giving them the chance to scribble all over their parents, siblings and pets really brings classic coloring up a notch. These DIY family coloring sheets are perfect for a traveling boredom buster, a quiet time activity, or even for venting a little frustration.
To make your own family coloring sheets, start by printing out some close up shots of your family members in black and white. Your computer print function should give you the option of printing in color or black and white. Then you’ll need either a home laminator and lamination sheets or a pack of self-laminating sheets, as well as some dry erase markers in various colors.
If you’re using a laminator, place the black and white printout inside the lamination sheet with the fold on the bottom.
Be sure to switch the laminator machine to the correct setting for the type of lamination sheets you’re using, 3 mil or 5 mil. We used 3 mil with our simple computer paper photo prints. Once the ready light comes on, slowly feed the sheet through the machine.
Now it’s time to have some fun! Use the dry erase markers to add all sorts of adornments to the family photos, from hats and glasses to radical hair.
Younger kids will enjoy using the sheets for coloring while bigger kids can get creative by adding captions and storylines. When you’re ready to start over, simply use a tissue to wipe the sheets clean again.
When the kids are all finished, slip the markers and coloring sheets into a drawer and break them out again the next time you’re looking for a good quiet time activity or a good way for someone to constructively vent their frustration!
Photo credits: Stephanie Morgan