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These Realistic Coloring Books Let You Learn While You Color

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Coloring can be relaxing and meditative, or a no-skills needed artistic expression.

But it can also be a great way to learn something. Check out these books for learning about anatomy, nature, and more while you meditate with your pencils.

Anatomy coloring books have long been an easter egg in the “recommended but not required” section of your science class syllabus. The classic is the Anatomy Coloring Book by Kapit and Elson, and that’s my well-worn, half finished copy in the photo above. The same publisher also has books for botany, the human brain, zoology, microbiology, and more. Coloring is a great way to learn anatomy because you have to pay attention to the shape and location of each muscle or bone or cell; you don’t just glance at the diagram and move on. These books also have you color in the name of each thing in the diagram, which helps your memory.

If you’d rather color things that are pretty in real life (because most things in anatomy are gooey and red; you’re just applying garish colors to help you tell one part from another), try coloring books based on field guides. These ones for butterflies, seashells, wildflowers, and mammals all use realistic line drawings, and provide full-color stickers so you can see what colors each creature is supposed to be. The Sibley Birds Field Journal works the same way (color illustrations on the inside front color) but some birders like to use it to record what they saw in nature: what their bird looked like, exactly, even if it’s different from the guide provided.

This article was written by Beth Skwarecki from Lifehacker and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected].

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