It’s still early to be thinking about Christmas but not if you are thinking about doing some Christmas colouring in preparation for the festive season. This month Nosy Crow has published two beautifully illustrated Christmas colouring books, The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes CHRISTMAS and The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes CHRISTMAS. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and the books provide great entertainment for adults as well as children, they’re the perfect activity for an autumn school break.
The books are sturdy with thick card pages which can be torn out to colour. We used coloured pencils, glitter pens and felt tip pens to colour our cards, boxes and envelopes. All worked well as long as the pencils were sharp or the felt tips were slim, some of the details in the pictures are very intricate.
The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes CHRISTMAS by Rebecca Jones has been produced in association with The National Trust and contains twenty four pages of cards and envelopes and a page of Christmas stickers. The cards have a range of designs including reindeer, Christmas trees and we love the Christmassy woodland animals. My daughter chose to colour a reindeer card and I coloured the stockings. All four sides of the card can be coloured and there is space on the back for the ‘artist’ to write their name. The envelopes can also be coloured then mixed or matched with the cards. They are easy to fold and can be sealed with one of the colourful stickers.
The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes CHRISTMAS by Sarah Walsh contains twenty four pages of Christmas gift boxes to colour. The pages are perforated and the box templates can be torn out, no scissors or glue are needed! There are so many wonderful designs including reindeer, presents, gingerbread men and stockings, it was hard to choose which one to colour first. My daughter coloured the lovebirds and the Russian dolls and I chose the Christmas trees. Both sides are printed and there is space to write your name. The instructions to make the gift boxes are easy to follow and they can be closed with the gold embossed stickers which have space for the recipient’s name as well as the giver. The final page also gives recipes for ‘tasty treats’ that can be made to go inside your boxes.
Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending us these beautiful books. We’ve really enjoyed our Christmas colouring sessions and the illustrations on both the cards and the boxes are gorgeous. A non English speaking friend visited us last week, saw the boxes that we had made and asked me to order her the Gift Boxes book, these books could be gifted to friends and family all over the world regardless of language!