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Terrific variety of pictures, blank on the reverse side to allow a youngster's imagination to take over!
on April 19, 2015
Think it had been my mother who'd originally purchased this jumbo coloring pad for our oldest grandson a couple of years ago, knowing how creatively bent he is - he liked coloring the various figures so much, but I think what he enjoyed more was making his own creations on the back of each page, which is blank --- I LOVE that they left the back sides blank, and that this is such nice, premium bond paper... SO much better than the typical thin sheets of a coloring book, with images printed on both side and paper that not only tears easily, but is sometimes so thin you can even see the images of the opposite side!
That's the trouble with ordering things like this sight-unseen,.. you're just never sure of the quality. But I can assure you that the quality of the paper is so excellent that our grandson can even use markers on one side and it doesn't bleed through to the other - I was pretty impressed by that, so while this may be 50 sheets, you get double duty out of both (and with our grandson's terrific imagination, there's no end to the make believe animals, crazy human figures, mazes, etc. that he comes up with on the blank pages - I'm a firm believer (passed down from my own mother, who needed to employ ALL of her imaginative skills figuring out how to keep a brood of ten children occupied and out of her hair long enough to be able to fix dinner!) that giving a child some crayons, markers and stencils and letting them "go at it" is a terrific way for them to explore their own creativity (especially when you heap on the praise for their efforts!)
The designed pages are quite, quite nice,,, not just a big picture of a single item - LOTS of detail work on each page, which makes this pad fun for WELL beyond 3 years old - our grandson's now 7, much more into the fine details now than he used to be... in the old days, he'd focus on the larger items on the page while I filled in the details, but now it's usually reversed! The vehicles included are a fire truck, ambulance, police car, police motorcycle, old-fashioned type train, modernized bullet train, race cars, sports car, 18-wheeler, garbage truck, monster truck, helicopter, plane, and a military jet, as well as many construction vehicles - dump truck, a couple of bulldozer pictures, a backhoe, and a tractor. There are sports-themed pages featuring baseball, soccer, basketball, football and karate. Several dinos - brontosaurus, tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, and a pteranodon - and other animals including elephants, gorilla, rhino, lion, tiger, crocodile, eagle, penguins, chameleon, frog, snake. spider and shark. There are a few medieval themed pages (a dragon, castle, knight), a few pages of pirate themes (pirate, treasure chest, ship), and the remaining couple are a cowboy riding a bucking bronco, and an astronaut/spaceship, Really a nice selection of pictures to cover a range of interests!
I still have his multi-colored shark picture hanging on the fridge, and my husband actually purchased a FRAME for the football picture he and our grandson colored together... it was so funny, because when they were deciding which picture to color, he stopped at the one with a couple of football players, one of whom is sporting the number "14". He exclaimed, "Here, Grandpa! Let's do this one... it has Pete Rose!" (Even though he had the wrong sport, he knew his grandpa was a diehard Pete Rose fan, and I don't think that picture will ever be removed from my husband's "man-cave"!)