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!

These DIY mini summer coloring books have 9 illustrated little pages to be colored-in or completed, 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 restaurant dinner, would make the *most* fun summer party favors or activity, and are a classic lazy summer day boredom buster.

These adorable free mini doodle books are a perfect summer surprise for kids!

For more engaging summer art projects, try our scrap supply pool art, scrape-painted surfboards, or design a set of wild wearable summer sunglasses.

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


  • A few sheets of 8.5×11 heavy cardstock
  • Our mini summer doodle books printable (via hello, Wonderful)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • 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
  • Coloring supplies!


  • A sheet of acetate or plastic sheet protector to make front/back covers or dry erase pages
  • Color cardstocks, construction paper, or tracing paper for additional pages
These adorable free printable mini coloring books are a perfect summer surprise for kids. With drawing prompts and bold summer-themed graphics - all perfectly sized for on-the-go kid entertainment. | via barley & birch

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. 🙂

These adorable free mini doodle books are a perfect summer surprise for kids!

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

These adorable free mini doodle books are a perfect summer surprise for kids!

Also, as a heads-up, every Friday they send an eye-popping digest of the projects, printables, recommendations and activities from their site. I’m extremely picky about the email subscriptions I sign up for – and this is consistently one on my favorites to receive. For anyone constantly on the lookout for new creative kids projects to try,  I’d highly recommend it.

These adorable free mini doodle books are a perfect summer surprise for kids!

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!

These adorable mini doodle books are a perfect summer surprise for kids (free printable included)!


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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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