Having some coloring books for your tweens and teens around the house will allow them the opportunity to sit back, let their brains relax, and take their minds off everything they have going on.
Did you know that coloring also helps with anxiety and fatigue? It can lower your heart rate and help curb those feelings of depression and anxiety (1).
While some still think of coloring books as something for young children, it has become increasingly popular for teens and adults of all ages to color. With all its benefits, coloring can be helpful to pre-teens as they navigate life and start to experience many different emotions and feelings as they grow older.
We are avid buyers of coloring books in our household, so we are sharing with you here our curated list of tween-approved favorites for both boys and girls who love the freedom and serenity of coloring.
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Harry Potter fans will love unleashing their creativity and bringing the Harry Potter-themed coloring pages to life! Perfect for older children aged 8+, the advanced designs will take you from the Forbidden Forest to Hogwarts Castle and ignite the imagination of any Potterhead.
Specifically targeted at tween girls who love to color, this book by Art Therapy Color will inspire and empower their creativity and imagination with 36 teen coloring pages to choose from in this beautifully presented book.
Each one-sided page has a different inspiration, pattern, and motivational message for girls, with no bleed-through. They also have a slightly more intricate teen coloring book for your older girls.
Each page of this 30-page coloring book contains playful patterns that your tween can bring to life with color.
The images are both relaxing and fun to color, and the coloring book itself measures 8.5″ square, so it would also make a great companion for a traveling tween, easily slipping into their bag.
Kawaii animals are definitely a common theme for tween coloring pages. This seriously cute mini coloring book of mythical creatures makes the perfect pocket companion for a tween who likes to color on the go.
In a 6″ design, you get 40 unique pages of Lily May’s Fantasy Kreatures to color.
Continuing with a whimsical theme, this magical coloring book for tweens features 40 different illustrations of whimsical wonders that are all captured inside small jars. This would be a perfect coloring book for younger tweens just starting toa advance their coloring skills with more intricate detail.
Continuing cute and cuddly for an older audience, this older kids coloring book contains 25 detailed dog and puppy illustrations for the capable colorer.
If you prefer peaceful patterns for coloring and shading, Follow Your Bliss presents this beautiful beginner-friendly coloring book for teens and tweens with perforated pages you can remove.
The artist has included 9 inspiring completed designs for inspiration and 30 one-sided pages for your creative tween to let lose and practice their patterns, sharing, and coloring skills.
Had enough of the cutesy stuff? Crazy designs and patterns are what your tween will be coloring in this rather more animated book by Art Coloring Therapy.
If you’re looking for tween boy coloring books, this would be right up their alley with 36 single-sided coloring pages to devour.
The alluring world of zentangle designs awaits! For your advanced colorer, this is a fabulous way to free their mind with 49 abstract designs. The pages are perforated, perfect for tweens who like to display their masterpieces when they’re finished.
An ideal gift for the little fashionista, let your tween design her own clothing line with this fashion coloring book for girls.
Lots of original drawings are included in the book to inspire her inner designer and creative flair.
Empowering Mandala was a beautiful gift Miss 12 and I shared last Christmas, and we cannot recommend it highly enough as aChristmas gift for tweens and teens who love working with intricate patterns and details.
There are several books in this Mandala series to make your way through, the perfect coloring book gift!
For tweens who love dragons and dragon stories, these detailed dragon images will provide hours of coloring fun.
Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling series of the same name, there are 90 pages of intricate designs to get stuck into in this incredible coloring book for tweens.
Designed by an expert psychologist, this coloring book includes illustrations that can help bring peace and serenity to your tween girls who love coloring pages.
No matter which coloring tools they prefer, this large format tween coloring book is the perfect coloring gift for a younger tween.
Coloring books for boys can often be hard to get hold of, but we’ve even convinced our lively 9-year-old boy with some quiet coloring time using this superb coloring book by JD Evers.
The artist has mixed in illustrations from dragons and dinosaurs to robots and ninjas to make the ultimate tween coloring book for boys.
A fun and creative coloring book for pre-teens, this one features various animals that can be found worldwide. Enjoy 61 pages of intricate animal designs for those who love an eye for detail and adorable creatures.
Creative Tools for Tween Coloring
Your tween will need the right tools to get the job done as they graduate from quite basic ‘coloring in the lines’ to working with their fine motor skills and intricate patterns.
Whether they prefer pencil or ink, consider also gifting your tween new artists tools to accompany their coloring book or coloring pages for tweens:
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