A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this suprisingly creative coloring site provides endless colors, patterns, and textures for elementary school-age kids and up to create online works of art. This is a cut above the typical print-and-color coloring book sites that feature the same old cartoon characters with little complex patterning or individual creative license. Here, kids can choose from numerous picture, styles, and outlines to color in digitally, or they can upload photos or their own drawings to color online (and print out if they wish). Use Firefox as your browser for best results.
Is it any good?
SCRAPCOLORING provides kids with colorful, customizable patterns and the ability to upload their own drawings and photos to create amazing works of color and patterns. Created by an elementary school teacher and a software engineer who wanted to give kids an alternative to the "fast food-type coloring experience," it definitely achieves that goal. This site provides a much broader art experience than the usual "print a coloring page and color it" version of coloring for kids online. Creative, easy to use and fun.
Online interaction: Site creators encourage users to send them their drawings and give feedback on site features.
Talk to your kids about ...
How online art can be just as creative as paper art. Try creating your own birthday invitations on this site, or upload a photo of your pet and see how color and design can change the look of a "regular" photo.
Parents, read about the pros and cons of digital creativity at Common Sense Media's Creating with Digital Media and share what you learn with your child.
Talk about how your family can save money by creating your own birthday cards, signs and party decorations with sites like this. Another money saving and tree saving idea you can share with your child: Don't print out every image you color, just your favorites.