Coloring has been the go-to stress reliever in libraries for a while now, so it was only a matter of time before we jumped on that bandwagon. And, honestly, I’m so glad we did. Students were very receptive (especially our student workers). One student worker kept taping blank sheets to the Desk to encourage collaborative coloring.
I bought two adult coloring books, tore out the pages, and made copies so I can keep the originals and put out copied sheets each semester (total cost $10). I then purchased 5 boxes of standard Crayola colored pencils. They were on SUPER sale at our local Pat Catan’s – only $2 per box!
I put the coloring pages in one of those office paper trays along with the container of sharpened pencils and this sign:
In sum, this was a very low cost/low labor activity that my students really loved. From now on, every November and April will be coloring month in my library!