A small child's intellectual capabilities begin to develop as soon it is born and by age 4 they have developed most of the basic capabilities they would require for their adulthood. The brain never stops growing though and keeps on assimilating and organizing the knowledge it had acquired. So, what is it that makes fairy coloring such a worthwhile pursuit? This is my opinion, obviously, but here goes. When a child, or an adult faces a crisp white coloring page it is the beginning of an adventure. It gives a little feeling of elation and wonder. It might give you a little feeling of fear or confusion. Trust me, if you relax and realize that you are doing this "just for the fun of it". This cliche is true. Any art is really for the fun of it. For the exploration and adventure. Before the road trip take the kids to the stores so they can pick out their road trip coloring books and other activities. This is an even better choice because the kids will settle beforehand which type of activity is most interesting and the best for them. Tell them that you'll hold onto the items until the road trip and they'll spend the time until the trip in anticipation of playing with their new toys. They'll be that much more likely to stay involved with their coloring books and crayons on the trip rather than on each other, so you'll be that much more relaxed while on the drive. Whether you are a preschool teacher or a parent, you will only be all too aware of the need to keep your children constantly occupied and amused, otherwise they will get restless, agitated and irritable. Trying to do find an activity that will sustain their interest for any reasonable length of time as well as one that will not actually pose any level of risk or danger to the child can be a task easier said than done. Contrary to what you may think, children are not involved in a mass conspiracy designed specifically to make your life as difficult as possible, rather, they lack the emotional and intellectual maturity to appreciate that certain activities are wrong, or are "naughty" because they are dangerous.
Now I am too old to watch Spiderman cartoons on my own, which is why it is great that I can do so with my son! He's a great excuse for me to sit and relive my youth! These days color by number books can be found in various forms. You could choose among different fairy tales characters and/or animals, autos and so on and so forth. If your child is in love with Winnie-the-Pooh, then you may find a lot of colour by number games with the heroes of this toon. Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it's a form of personal expression, as well.