Things I found, things I am saving for winter

Cory's Pinecone Mound

​Look at the treasures I found:

  • I made Valentine cards! The first is a maze, and the second is a search and find.
  • Once again, there is a free coloring page at the bottom of this newsletter! I sketched this for Instagram and TikTok, then used the sketch to create a coloring page digitally.
  • I am preparing a new free offer with a subscription to this newsletter, and I want to make sure that existing subscribers get it. So, next week I will send out an email with a 3-Page Coloring Set centered around animals.

Why Coloring is Great for Children and Adults

“My childhood smells like a box of Crayola crayons.”
​-Terri Guillemets

There are three smells I remember from childhood:

The first is airline plastic. This smell has negative connotations for me, related to the chest tube treatment of a collapsed lung.

The second is rubber and WD-40, the smell of the bike shop where my father worked.

Finally, the smell of crayons sends me rocketing through nostalgic memories.

The smell of crayons transcends generations. An often-cited study at Yale University ranked the smell at 18 of the 80 most recognizable scents to adults.

I am happy for the reminder of childhood each time I open a box of Crayola. However, this is no simple reminder. Art exploration is a significant part of how children experience self-expression and creativity.

Art is a tool for children to learn how to communicate and express their feelings. It serves as an outlet for pain, anger, and sadness. Most importantly, art encourages children to dream and pursue their passions in life. When children can tap into their creative side and use art to express their interests and beliefs, they learn more about who they are, what they like, and what they believe.

"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.'"
​-Hugh MacLeod

Art answers the craving for a return to childhood, a time we associate with carefree happiness. Adults can recreate the past through art, stimulating memories and feelings with familiar inputs—the feel of paper, the scent of crayons, the freedom to explore without judgment.

Thank you for subscribing to my Newsletter. If you would like to support me, there are more coloring pages, search / finds, and mazes in my shop!

xx Cory

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