Hannah Overman Koch

Monday, November 26, 2012

Coloring Book Creation

Create a coloring book...

As craft consultant for Wednesday nights at my local church, I have been planning and designing craft time for the preschool class.

As I have also experienced a classroom setting, I know how much children enjoy the simple act of coloring.  With that thought in mind and a little planning, I created a coloring book specific to the curriculum they were to teach.

A stack of coloring books I created for the preschool class at church.

How to begin...

This is the front cover I created for this preschool coloring book.  

"Stories of Jesus" was the title of the curriculum we followed for this set of classes.  I wanted a simple design with a flair for silliness.

Materials used - colored pencils and markers.

Our Children's Minister made color copies of the front cover.

I made copies of the coloring pages provided from the curriculum book as the insert pages.  I created 15 coloring books to use for 8 weeks.

We use report covers with the clear fronts as the binders to hold the books together.  I also added a blank sheet of paper in between each coloring page to add more space for the children to draw and color as they wished.

After having the pages in correct order, I hold punched the packet of pages and inserted them into the report covers.


A coloring book ready for those little fingers to color!

This alleviates the teachers having to make copies every week!  Simply store your coloring books to use each week and then allow the children to take them home at the end of the curriculum.

There were some lessons that a coloring page was not provided.  I drew simple shapes to correlate with that week's lesson.

Below is the only coloring page I needed to create for this coloring book.  The other pages are part of the curriculum and cannot shared due to copyright infringement.

This is a coloring page I created for the star lesson.
Feel free to print this for your preschool needs too!

Quick Glance Instructions:
  • Create front cover
  • Make copies of front cover and each page needed to create coloring book 
  • Add blank pages if desired between coloring pages
  • Once in proper order, hole punch all pages
  • Insert each packet of pages into report cover

The children enjoy coloring and this is a cost effective way of creating a special coloring book.  It also makes something simple - the act of coloring- into a wonderful cherished event.

Thanks to the wonderful Ladies I work with for your support as I experiment and push ideas to new heights!

thinking outside the lines on this artist holiday,


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November Kindness Chronicles

The saying goes "charity begins at home" and that is where I started - check out 

October Kindness Chronicles

for the full story...

If you would like to donate canned food to me over the holiday season I will be happy to collect!

My goal is 50-100 cans!!!

Or if you do not live in my area but are donating cans to your local food bank -
please make a comment here!

I would love to know your charity endeavors!

So with the canned food drive underway, through my church we are making boxes for 

Operation Christmas Child

This is operated by Samaritan's Purse International Relief

and these boxes go around the world!

This was an event my 2 children were able to better understand as we purchased the items for each box.  I am thrilled that my children are learning various ways of giving to others.

My 9 year was reading over the list of requested items and asked me why do they not have access to this stuff.  It was a teaching moment and my heart was overfilled with gratitude that she was connecting the dots.

We filled both boxes with colorful, useful and fun things!

I am so thankful for this opportunity!

The final step is to include the label with the age range.

You can also include a personal note with your address and photo and just maybe the recipient may write back!

Thank you to my church for the organization of this wonderful opportunity to give!

Please check out their website for further information-

Always trying to be a bucket and "box" filler on this artist holiday,