The Best Coloring Book Is the Internet

Emily Kelleher
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Meeting a kid’s complaints of boredom with “want to color?” is a trick as old as time. Parents love coloring because it’s a (mostly) mess-free activity that’s not screen time and that kids can do independently. Kids love it because they get to express their creativity and use their imagination to fill in their favorite characters. And with the internet’s vast supply of free, downloadable coloring pages for kids, you don’t have to dig around for that lost coloring book (that probably has one scribble on each page, anyway).

Coloring pages won’t spark as much creativity as making art from scratch, which requires kids to imagine something totally new, but they do provide a jumping-off point for kids to use their imaginations and develop their fine motor skills as they select which colors go where and practice staying (or, hopefully, not staying) within the lines. Whether you need coloring pages for little kids or big kids, Disney coloring pages, back-to-school coloring pages, or anything in between, these are the best the internet has to offer.

Back-to-School Coloring Pages

Topsy School

There are dozens of objects to fill in here. Staying within the lines of the letters could even be educational.

School Bus

Prepare for what’s to come with this cheerful image of kids heading off the school.

Back to School Collage

Kick your summer brain into gear with this reminder that objects like protractors exist.

School House

This adorable schoolhouse is a nod to the way kids tend to draw houses.

School Maze

Who doesn’t love a maze?

Coloring Pages for Little Kids

Ship

This simple ship has lots of big blank areas, making it easier to stay within the lines. Or not.

Flower

What kid doesn’t like coloring flowers?

Smiling Butterfly

This wide eyes butterfly has room for many different colors on his wings.

Jean Dubuffet Self-Portrait

If your kid is a real art snob, this famous portrait will test their skills.

Coloring Pages for Older Kids

Candy Skull

The intricate patterns on this playful skull make it all the more satisfying to fill in.

Good Day Sunshine

This funky design realllly tests your ability to stay within the lines. It pays off, though.

A Starry Night

Budding artists can take inspiration from those that came before them, starting with van Gogh’s most famous work.

Bold and Fearless

This cute print makes for pretty decor.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

If your kid turns up their nose at the basic four-petal flower doodle, these sunflowers should do the trick.

Brooklyn Bridge

Architecture makes for surprisingly cool coloring pages.

Flower Mandala

A staple of adult coloring books, flower mandalas use repetitive symmetrical patterns to up the wow factor.

Disney Coloring Pages

Woody

So they can color in everyone’s favorite cowboy anyway they want.

Lady and the Tramp

This iconic scene makes for an adorable piece of art.

Sofia the First

The detail on Sofia’s dress lends itself to creativity.

Snow White

If Snow White’s dwarves can help with dishes, kids can, too, right?

Snow White and Friends

This idyllic nature scene combines big, easy-to-color parts with smaller, more detailed ones.

Pocahontas

Depicting Pocahontas relaxing near the water, this coloring page is extra zen.

Princess Belle

Belle’s famous yellow dress is drawn in all its glory in this detailed coloring page.

Finding Nemo

Clownfish may be orange in nature, but here, they can be whatever color your kid imagines.

Tinker Bell

Poor Tinkerbell looks on with envy at a music box ballerina. Give the girl some color!

Aladdin

Aladdin and Jasmine fly through the sky on their famously colorful magic carpet in this well-known scene.

Minnie Mouse

Kids will get the chance to design a new bow for Minnie Mouse with this coloring page.

Lego Coloring Pages

Lego Train

This boxy design is a must for kids into trains or transportation.

Lego House

Now that’s not your average kid drawn house!

Lego Farm

Lego’s take on farm life is just as cute as you’d imagine.

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