Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear “Winnie” after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Winnie” was surreptitiously brought to England with her owner, and gained unofficial recognition as The Fort Garry Horse regimental mascot. Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much-loved attraction there. Pooh the swan appears as a character in its own right in When We Were Very Young.
Creative use of imagination is encouraged by this free pastime. Why not ask your little one to elaborate on what is happening in the scene or to add characters to the background? By engaging your kids like this you are teaching them to use their imagination, creativity and firing up their brains to better understand the world around them.
Probably the easiest way to get a hold of pages for your kids to color is to print them out from websites online. There are plenty of sites that offer free downloadable coloring pages. Just search for "Christian coloring pages" or "Biblical coloring pages" in your favorite search engine, and you`ll find a bunch of results.
As the children get older and more experienced with their artistic talents, they become bored with the simple butterfly patterns for the younger children. There are also websites that accommodate this age group with butterflies that have significant more detail as well as help them learn a wider variety of colors and shades – and some feature different flowers and seasons.
Coloring Page Communities – Some websites offer very basic coloring pages for kids that can be printed off and colored. Others create interactive coloring pages that require children to work on the computer itself to color the images. Unlike the basic websites, the interactive coloring pages are often found on more complex websites that act as a full-fledged community. The coloring pages are only one of many things available to do on a particular site. On TheDollPalace.com, for example, dolls of every shape and size are available for children to play with and create, and then favorites are created into coloring pages. When dolls and coloring pages are complete, there are still interesting articles to read, personalities about the dolls to create, contests to take part in, and even forums and chats to visit to get to know other doll and coloring enthusiasts.