Occasionally, you'll find official cartoon or TV character sites (such as PBS programs) will make available coloring pages for free to their fans. And there are many other sites that distribute coloring pages of those copyrighted characters. Sounds like dangerous legal ground ...but, surprisingly, I've never heard of any of these sites being prosecuted for copyright infringement. So they'll probably continue to make them available.
Coloring books are a thing of the past. Kids today aren't as thrilled by a basic coloring book as children a generation ago. That is because these children have been spoiled by all the fantastic new methods of coloring using the computer or with fancy markers and pens. While you might get away with a coloring book and crayons for a long car trip, don't expect your school age children to sit quietly at the table coloring pictures the old fashioned way – there is a something better around, and they know it.
But other than all this, it is the vast amount of creativity that your child will produce on paper that you will be most amazed at. Children can imagine stuff, and they love to experiment. They are bound to do so even in the area of hues and shades, and will be quite eager to try out various color combinations and shading techniques on these coloring pages. Believe me, coloring pages are the first step to producing very highly artistic individuals, who will be much more perceptive than their peers, and will show a greater amount of creativity in all their endeavors.
With free coloring pages you can create a way for your kids to stay entertained. You won't be hearing that they are bored. When it is too hot to play outside or bitter cold they need to have indoor activities. Coloring can help them to develop skills and it also helps them to stay quiet.