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Colouring for 93 year old chap

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eddiecat78 Mon 15-May-17 14:18:21

My elderly father is enjoying adult colouring books and they keep him occupied in his care home - but I am struggling to find suitable ones. He doesn`t want anything childish but many of the adult ones are too elaborate - his eye sight is not great. We`ve had a few by De-Ann Black which are good quality but he really doesn`t want to be colouring in faeries!
He mainly uses felt pens

Can anyone recommend one?

paddyann Mon 15-May-17 14:20:16

look on amazon to see whats suitable for him,they have a large selection .My mum in law likes colouring the flowery ones and I get them from there

eddiecat78 Mon 15-May-17 14:38:08

Can you recommend a particular one Paddyann? I`ve just received 2 from Amazon which are so useless that I`m returning them! I wish they would show more examples of the pages in the details

Ilovecheese Mon 15-May-17 14:46:40

Would Star Wars be considered too childish?

Cold Mon 15-May-17 15:36:06

This site has a lot of downloadable pictures for colouring

Also do a search for Mandalas which are intricate patterns for colouring that older children an adults enjoy

jusnoneed Mon 15-May-17 15:38:10

Have you looked in the Works? You can look online to see what they have.

eddiecat78 Mon 15-May-17 15:52:41

I always forget about The Works - we`ve got a big branch locally so I`ll go and look in there. WH Smith is pretty useless. The problem with downloadable pictures is that he is very untidy and disorganised now - it is better if everything is together in a book
Star Wars would definitely be considered too childish!

Anya Mon 15-May-17 16:18:20

If anyone ever buys me one of these I will rip the pages out and eat them....after first ripping that person limb from limb. I guess I'm just NOT a colouring inside the lines sort of person ???

OK I get it, some people enjoy this incredibly boring activity hmm

As you were.

Ana Mon 15-May-17 16:20:21

Anya! [shocked] I never had you down as a violent type...

Ana Mon 15-May-17 16:21:09


Anya Mon 15-May-17 16:22:30

I used to find inside my Christmas sticking every year, year after b****y year after b****y as a child. Hated them with a vengeance Ana

eddiecat78 Mon 15-May-17 16:29:16

You might feel differently when you are a 93 year old in the early stages of dementia

Anya Mon 15-May-17 16:30:01

I'd have to be demented for sure!

bikergran Mon 15-May-17 16:30:15

deff have a look in the WORKS if you have one nearby lots of choice

Anya Mon 15-May-17 16:30:36

Nothing wrong with them for other people. Chacum a son gout.

eddiecat78 Mon 15-May-17 16:33:00

Myfather used to do complicated technical drawings - I don`t expect he anticipated that a day would come when he would get some comfort from simple colouring in

shysal Mon 15-May-17 17:30:12

There seem to be several books of structures and buildings by Steve McDonald, would these be suitable?

Elegran Mon 15-May-17 17:36:45

Was he a keen gardener? The RHS has colouring books with a horticultural theme at I counted 19.

I have The Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring Book which has 40 really nice pictures taken from lithographs of the work of a 19C artist. The outlines are fairly simple, and on the opposite page is the artist's coloured version.

M0nica Mon 15-May-17 17:51:55

They are not my cup of tea, but I can see that they can be an ideal activity for someone in a care home, who may well have sight and dementia problems.

I have many years of care home visiting behind me and I think many of those I have seen just sitting and vaguely staring would be far happier getting involved in activities like this.

eddiecat78 Mon 15-May-17 17:54:07

I think the buildings one would be too elaborate for him - he can`t manage small detail. The RHS ones look possible - but again I wish they would show more of the pages so I can judge if they are suitable. There was one which sounded ideal but then I realised it is "compact" - which means it is too small

Elegran Mon 15-May-17 18:11:12

eddiecat I shall try to scan one of the pages in my RHS book and post it (no promises!)

Elegran Mon 15-May-17 18:33:23

Success with the outline, eddiecat will now try with the coloured version.

Elegran Mon 15-May-17 18:48:13

Not so successful. The printer/scanner won't send scans direct to the PC so I have to save them onto an SD card, then move the card to the PC. It worked fine with the black/white scan but now it not only doesn't seem to have the coloured scan saved properly but it also has lost the black/white one.

I shall turn off the PC and restart it and try again after I have eaten (can hear oven timer calling me)

Jalima1108 Mon 15-May-17 19:20:05

The Range has colouring books too, I bought some for the DGD at Christmas.
I hope they didn't rip them up and eat them!
Someone bought me a couple when I was immobile - they are still pristine as the day I received them.

They may come in useful one day though.

Nana3 Mon 15-May-17 19:29:25

Thanks for this thread eddiecat78. Best wishes to you and your father.
I have just used your link Eligran and bought a colouring book from RHS for my Mum and me to do together in the care home. It will make a change from the Woman's Weekly. Thank you.