Little Man loves to color. It’s a fun activity for any age (I still haven’t grown out of it!). Recently I discovered an easy way to make my own coloring sheets for him out of our family photos using a free photo-editing software from google called Picasa. You can download Picasa here if you don’t already have it or another photo shop program installed on your computer.
Next, you will need to go through your digital images and select which ones you want to use as coloring sheets. For simplicity’s sake I always end up making a special folder on my desktop for them and copy/pasting each image into the new folder. One of the photos I’ve don started out looking like this:
Once you know which photos you want to use you select one of them in Picasa. When you have the image selected, there should be a little sidebar of editing options to the left of the image. You want to select the paintbrush with the blue background that will be at the top of the sidebar. Clicking this option will take you to a variety of image processing choices. you want to choose the “pencil sketch” option. You can play around with the settings on that option until the image looks the way you would like it to. Ours turned out like this:
Now all that’s left is printing the images and coloring!!! I usually insert the photos into a word document for easy printing and I always print several of each photo.
These are super fun for older kids to use colored pencils to focus on little details, but it’s great for younger kids too! My son thought it was the greatest thing that he could color his grandparents, friends and best of all, himself! We have lots of fun with our own personal coloring sheets!
These make fantastic gifts as well! Instead of giving a generic photo book to grandma/grandpa give them a custom book with photos colored by the grandkids! This would be a super fun and simple craft for mother’s day and father’s day as well!
Have you ever made custom coloring sheets? If not, are you planning to try it?
Click here to find out how to make a coloring book out of all the sheets that you’ve made. Would make a fantastic Christmas gift!!!