Freebie: Mini Summer Coloring Books for Kids

Oh my goodness…I’ve been sitting on a little secret for a few weeks now, and am SO, SO excited to finally be able to share some news! We are thrilled to announce that we’re new contributors to the amazingly creative kid-spiration site hello, Wonderful – and we’ve just shared our first free printable there – mini summer coloring books.

(Update: though are printable summer coloring books are no longer available at the hello, Wonderful site, we’ve made them available to download here – just keep scrolling for the link in the supply list !).

These DIY mini summer coloring books have 9 illustrated little pages designed to be colored in or drawn on, 9 different book cover options, and a sheet of blank mini pages. They’re the perfect size to pack up for a road trip or take to a restaurant, and would make the *most* fun summer party favors or activity. A classic lazy summer day boredom buster.

A page of black and white butterflies from our mini summer doodle books, sitting open next to colored pencils on a white background.

For more engaging summer art projects, try our scrap supply pool art, scrape-painted surfboards, or design a set of wild wearable summer sunglasses. Or visit our collection of over 100 outdoor summer play activities!

To make your own mini summer coloring books you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

  • Color cardstocks, construction paper, or tracing paper for additional pages
  • A sheet of acetate or plastic sheet protector to make front/back covers or dry erase pages
  • A hole punch (I used a 1/8″ hole punch – one size smaller than standard)
  • A blunt needle and embroidery floss, ribbon, hinged snap ring, etc. to bind your mini book

Mini Summer Coloring Book DIY Instructions:

  1. Downlaod and print our free mini summer coloring pages

    Print the desired coloring pages on a heavy cardstock (make sure to choose the borderless printing option).The supplies for our mini summer coloring books laid out on a purple background

  2. Cut the mini pages apart and punch holes for binding (optional)

    Cut apart the mini book pages with scissors or a paper cutter. Use a hole punch to make your hole/s for binding (you can skip this step if you’d just like to keep your mini coloring pages loose).
    Pages of our mini summer coloring books sitting on a white background with a hole punch
    There are lots of different ways you can put these little coloring books together, but for our little coloring book set pictured here, I used a 1/8″ hole punch to make two little holes on the left-hand side of each page. You could make one hole for a hinged snap ring or ribbon instead!

  3. Bind your mini coloring books

    Using a blunt, kid-safe needle thread the embroidery floss through each punched hole a few times and tie-off at back to create the binding. If you’d
    rather not use a needle, simply thread a piece of ribbon through and knot or tie in a bow.
    The supplies for our mini summer coloring books laid out on a purple background
    To save a bit of time and make the process easier, swap out the embroidery floss for a small hinged snap ring instead. Another benefit of the snap ring is that you can keep adding pages as your coloring book fills up!

When we shared these with Agnes, the founder and mastermind creative mom behind hello, Wonderful, she told us her daughter had even made an extra to give to a friend who was moving away – I mean, heart. melting. 🙂

A page of black and white sunflower and bees from our mini summer doodle books, sitting open next to colored pencils on a plywood background.

 They’re also extremely versatile – no time to bind into a book? No problem! Just print out the pages, cut them apart and throw them into a bag with some crayons for easy entertainment anywhere!

A page from our mini summer doodle books, sitting open next to a dry erase marker on a white background.

Ready for some MORE good news…? These were so popular, we expanded our collection with a set of free printable Halloween and Thanksgiving mini coloring books too! SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

Our printable mini summer doodle book sitting on a white background covered with sprinkles and crayons

Looking for more printable summer fun? Download our free printable bug hunt, nature scavenger hunt, or leaf activity kit for outdoor adventures!SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

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Amanda E.

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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  1. These are so cute! I really wanted to make them for an end of the year project for my daughter’s class but the link to download them on hello, wonderful doesn’t work anymore.