How to Make a Coloring Book Out of Classroom Photos
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Looking to make the best use of classroom and field trip photos? Harvest your digital memories to create a coloring book or summer gift packet for students. Watch the video below to see how you or your students can transform a great photo in nine quick clicks or less. (Mobile users can view the Turn Photos Into Coloring Book Pages video here.)
Picasa, Pixlr, and Dumpr all offer a pencil sketch feature to create coloring pages. However, to get a free online photo editor that allows users to easily adjust the strength of the photo effect, check out iPiccy.com. My kindergartners are also crazy about Color My World and Crayola's Lights, Camera, Color! These free apps are easy to use but iPiccy's adjustable pencil sketch effect is more flattering on a variety of skin tones.
My Favorite Three Uses for iPiccy's Pencil Sketch Effect
1. Honor a student who is moving to a new school, a hard working teacher, or a beloved staff member with a coloring book of their own. (Create a cover and print it on heavy card stock, laminate, and bind it, and throw in a new pack of crayons for your gift recipient.)
2. Combine crossword puzzles, word searches and converted classroom photos into a unit of study or field trip review. Arm kids who will be waiting forever this summer with grown-ups at the laundromat, doctor's office, or on family road trips with your fun, learning packet.
3. Highlight precious moments from the school year with your personalized coloring pages.
Educator Jennifer Abastililas wows first grade student families with year-in-review coloring books. How are you using an online photo editor like iPiccy in your classroom? Please share below.