Whether kids are cooped up because of coronavirus school closures / quarantines or just plain-old springtime rainy days, one thing holds true: Down time with crabby kids is anything but sunshine and rainbows. Well, unless you’re a celebrity self-quarantined in your mansion right about now; those families seem to be having a grand-old time. But with these springtime-themed coloring pages, it doesn’t have to be stressful doldrums for us Normals. Just click ahead in the slideshow, print your favorites, bust out the crayons/coloring pencils/markers/paints and get ready to channel some sunnier days within the (potentially gloomy, we get it) confines of your house or apartment.
These printables depict everything that’s great about the spring season — from rainbows, butterflies, and growing things aplenty to little birdies in love. But hey, their spring-centric festiveness doesn’t mean kids can’t use them to scribble their little hearts out year-round. With crayons in hand, kids will have a blast breathing life into everything from blooming sunflowers to chirping birds to plenty of other animals — like an aviator rabbit, a kayaking kitten and a dancing duck.
And when the tots have put the final touches on their masterpieces, why not frame them? That’s where part two of this afternoon full of arts-and-crafts fun comes in: coloring in frame templates to show off the beautiful works of art.
So what are you waiting for? In just a few hours, you’ll have plenty of new art to post up on the fridge — or, you know, on every wall of your house.
A version of this article was originally published in March 2014.