Coloring Tips

Coloring Tips

Are you looking for ideas on how to encourage your daughter’s coloring pursuits? Or, is your daughter hesitant to color? Daunted or discouraged? This post shares tips you can use as you and your daughter color together!

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1. Where to Start

– If your daughter will be using a printable like the one shown here, print the artwork on a piece of smooth, thick paper. Cardstock could work, as well as Bristol paper.

Put some extra paper behind the piece your daughter wants to color. This can help to keep any textures from the surface below from influencing or affecting her artwork.

Keep the pencils sharp. Encourage your daughter to keep her pencils from getting very dull. Having a sharp pencil can help the color to reach the valleys within the paper.


Did You Know? | Hills & Valleys

Paper can have hills and valleys. A sharper pencil, used at a higher angle so that the tip touches the paper, can help it to reach the valleys in between the hills.

2. Color Slowly

Encourage your daughter to:

Take her time when she is coloring.

– Use a light pressure at least to start. As she comes closer to the finish line, using a heavier pressure could be great depending on what look she is aiming for.

– Color with connected overlapping ovals. This can help in creating a smooth layer of color. Overlap, overlap and overlap. Have her make her coloring blend together so that she cannot tell where she stopped and started.


Discouraged? | Quick Tip

If your daughter begins to feel that her coloring seems uneven or messy, encourage her to slow down. She can pretend that she’s drawing lots of light little curly cues one over the other very close together. Have her aim to make it so that no one can tell where curly cues started or ended.

3. Layer

Encourage your daughter to:

– Layer. Layer. Layer. Layering her colors can create a richer sense of color. For example, she could start with a medium pink, add a darker pink-purple next (still coloring lightly), come back with the medium pink, and finish with a pale pink–pressing more (but not really hard) on the last one.

– Use a paintbrush! When she is coloring, have her take occasional breaks to get rid of the crumbs coming from the pencils. Instead of using her hand, she can use a dry paintbrush! This is a fun tip that can help to keep hand-oils from getting on the artwork.


Unsure Where to Start? | Quick Tip

When your daughter sits down to color, you may want to suggest one of the tips in this post. Forget the rest. :) Encourage her to take small steps towards improvement. Most of all, just enjoy it!

Got Questions? | I’m here!

Have a question about applying one of the tips? Looking for colored pencil brand recommendations? Need some guidance or encouragement over your coloring? Leave a comment on this post and I’ll either reply in another comment or e-mail you directly! :)


If you and your daughter use any of these tips while you color the Praying Pamela paper doll, Scripture Memory Cards or Daisy Lea, and would like to share a picture with us here at Daughters of Decision, we’d so enjoy it! Send to: [email protected]. Looking forward to seeing your artwork already! :)


Melissa Jacie

Melissa Jacie

Illustrator, Photographer, Graphic & Web Designer

“When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was at first a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors.”

Genesis 1:1 The Living Bible Paraphrased

God made something beautiful out of a dark mass–something that really had little form. Isn’t it wonderful that God has the complete power to change something dark and formless–into a breathing, living artwork?


Who? What?

Quick Printing Note

Note: When printing your “Who? What?” cards, print on both sides of the paper, so that the cards have “Who?” and “What?” on one side, and the name space/requests on the other side.

“Who? What?” is a simple and fun way to pray for others. This prayer idea is great to use with your daughter.

Who? What? Prayer Cards

To Prepare

1. Print the front and back of the “Who? What?” cards, or create cards of your own. (This download contains cards with six requests to pray for Christians. If you would like to use this method to pray for non-Christians, create more cards using the same idea, just write in different prayer requests.)

2. Cut out the cards.

3. On the back of each “Who?” card, write the name of someone you and your daughter would like to pray for.

To Pray

1. Sit at a table.

2. Lay the cards in the middle of the table in two piles, a “Who?” pile and a “What?” pile.

3. Take the top card off of each pile. Turn the two selected cards over and pray out loud for the person on the “Who?” card, using the request on the “What?” card.

4. Your daughter will pray silently along with you.

5. When you are done praying, your daughter will draw two more cards and pray out loud using those cards in prayer, while you pray silently along with her.

6. Continue steps 3 through 5 until you are ready to stop or all cards are used.

Suggestion: When you are finished praying, shuffle the cards and keep them together with a clip, a rubber band or little bag until you are ready to use them again. As time goes on, you and your daughter may want to add more cards to your pile so that you can include more people and more requests. In this case, print only the first page of the download, leaving the back blank so that you can write different requests on the “What?” cards.

Quick Printing Note

Note: When printing your “Who? What?” cards, print on both sides of the paper, so that the cards have “Who?” and “What?” on one side, and the name space/requests on the other side.

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great

and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

Jeremiah 33:3

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Product Developer

As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.

My Street

Praying with our daughters is such a privilege, and it is something we can do every day! 

“My Street”

“My Street” is a way to enjoy praying for your neighbors with your daughter. This activity can help your daughter become more familiar with your neighbors’ names and with where each neighbors’ house is located. And more importantly, you may find that as your daughter prays with you for your neighbors, her care and concern for your neighbors will increase, developing in her a heart to serve them and share Christ with them.


1. Collect the names of the people on your street.

2. Cut out and decorate paper houses to represent each house your neighbors live in. (We used index cards and cut off two corners to create the roof of the house.)

3. Write a house number on each house, correlating to the numbers on the houses of your street. Write the corresponding neighbor’s names on the back of each house. 


1. Lay the houses on a table or on the floor in the order of how the houses are arranged on your street.

2. Have your daughter “drive and park” a toy car at the home of her choice.

3. After the car is parked by a house, turn the house card over and pray for the neighbors listed on the back of the card by name.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are ready to stop or when all your neighbors are prayed for.

Hint: If you have a very young daughter, you may want to have her fold their hands each time you pray. This can encourage her to let the toy car stay “parked” as you pray!

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great

and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

Jeremiah 33:3

Verse Study

Would you like a simple, yet creative and fun way to encourage discussion and increase comprehension of a Bible verse that you are memorizing with your daughter?

Enjoy “A Crayon Verse Study”!
Suggested Ages: 3-10


– Write or print Psalm 136:1 with large letters on paper. Make copies for you and your daughter.

– Give your daughter her Psalm 136:1 paper along with a pink, green, purple, blue, and orange crayon or other crayon colors of your choice.

– Explain that you are going to do a “Crayon Verse Study” together.

– Read Psalm 136:1 out loud.

– Pray together and ask the Lord to give you understanding as you study.


If your daughter cannot read, as you follow the steps below, read the verse out loud for her each time you ask a new question so that she can once again think on the verse and answer your question.

If your daughter is very young, it will probably be best to keep the answers simple, focusing on the overall meaning of the verse. If she is older, it would be great to encourage more discussion.


Think! What is the first word in Psalm 136:1? What does the word “Give” mean?

Color! Draw a rectangle around the word “Give” with your pink crayon and color in the rectangle.

Think! What does Psalm 136:1 tell us we are to give? What do we mean when we say “Thanks?” Color! Draw a green oval around the word ‘thanks’ and color in the oval.
Think! To whom are we to give thanks? Who is the Lord? Color! Draw a purple circle around the word “Lord” and color in the circle.
Think! What words tell us about God? What do the words good and mercy mean to you? Color! Draw blue squares around the words “good and mercy” and color in the squares.
Think! How long does God’s mercy last? How long is forever? Color! Use the orange crayon to draw a cloud around the words ‘for ever’.
Pray: Thank God that He is good and that His mercy endures forever.

Enjoy the “Crayon Verse Study” using other Bible verses.

Use this “Crayon Verse Study” activity to introduce each of your new Bible memory verses.

If you plan to continue to do this activity with other Bible verses, you may want to have your daughter keep her “Crayon Verse Study” papers in her own “Crayon Verse Study” folder.

If you are doing this with an older daughter, you and she could look up cross references that relate to the verse you are studying and then talk about how the cross references help to understand the meaning of the original verse of study.

– What Bible verse did you use? – What did you like about the Crayon Verse Study? – Are you going to do the Crayon Verse Study with another verse? – Is this an idea you would share with a friend? Why or why not?


  This was one of my favorite ideas yet! My kids (ages 5,4,2) really enjoyed doing this Bible verse study. It helped me teach the verse, and helped them understand it! Thank you for this idea:)
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

Carpet Picture

Would you like a simple, yet creative and fun way to encourage discussion and increase comprehension of a Bible verse that you are memorizing with your daughter?

Create “A Carpet Picture”!

Suggested Ages: 2-5


1. Write:

Write Genesis 1:1 or a Bible verse of your choice on a card. You will then be able to easily refer back to the memory verse on the card as you memorize the verse together.

– Genesis 1:1 is a great beginning verse to memorize with your daughter. It provides foundational truth for establishing a Biblical worldview.
– You may want to add stickers. Putting a colorful sticker on your memory card adds visual interest and it will be useful for identifying the Bible verse in the future.

2. Say:

Say or read the Bible memory verse while your daughter is listening. Share with your daughter that the two of you are going to make a Carpet Picture that will tell about your Bible memory verse.


3. Make:

Make a picture frame on your carpet. You could use a jump rope, or yarn, or toy building blocks, or pencils, etc. Have your daughter help you create a square, rectangular, or circular picture frame. Make the frame large enough to hold multiple objects.


4. Collect:

Encourage your daughter to collect objects from around the house. These objects will be placed inside the picture frame you just made. Have her choose only objects that relate to the meaning of the memory verse.

(For example: For Genesis 1:1, collect toy animals, a world globe or atlas, toy people, or dolls to represent people, a small plant, etc. Or, for Ephesians 4:32, collect a water bottle, band aides, a blanket, a tissue etc. Things we can use to help us be kind to someone else in need.)


5. Talk:

Have your daughter put the objects in the picture frame. Then talk about how each of the items chosen relate to the meaning of the Bible verse.

(For example, for Genesis 1:1 “Here is a toy duck. Who makes real ducks? God does. Here is a green plant. Who makes plants and trees? Yes, God does!
Or, for Ephesians 4:32, “Here is a water bottle. How can we use a water bottle to help us be kind to someone else? Yes, we can…..)


6. Review

Say the memory verse while sitting on the floor by your Carpet Picture. Remember to include the Bible reference before and after you say the verse. If your daughter is old enough to talk, she can try to say it with you. If your daughter has memorized the verse, she can say the memory verse to you.


Keep the Carpet Picture set up until your husband has a chance to see it. Place your memory verse card (MVC) beside the Carpet Picture. Have your daughter tell your husband about the Carpet Picture. Then they can say the Bible memory verse together using the MVC as a guide if needed.


Enjoy creating a Carpet Picture as part of a Bible Time with your daughter. Follow three simple steps:

1. SING: Start with singing a song to the Lord.
2. BIBLE: Create a Carpet Picture and talk about it, following the directions above.
3. PRAY: Then talk to God in prayer.


1. Share this post with a friend!
2. Share it with me! It would be fun to hear how you used this idea with your daughter.
– What Bible verse are you memorizing with your daughter?
– What are some of the objects your daughter used in your Carpet Picture? I would enjoy seeing a photo of your Carpet Picture if you would like to send it my way!
– What did you like best about the Carpet Picture activity?
– What suggestions do you have that would improve the Carpet Picture activity?



We don’t have any carpet, but here’s our wood picture:) The verse we chose was Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always and for everything to God.” The kids all loved gathering things they were thankful for! Special Blankets, books, The Bible, baby dolls, balls, etc. and we added a calendar to represent “always”. Then we took turns taking things out of our picture and thanking God for each thing. The kids really enjoyed the exercise, and the verse stuck with my visual learners really well!!! Thank you for sharing this idea:) I look forward to doing this again and trying out more of your ideas:)
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

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