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Patents make good coloring books

Thanks to Maggie Koerth-Baker on Boing Boing for pointing this out:

You know, I hadn’t thought much about it before, but Christopher Mims is right—Patent illustrations can make GREAT coloring books. If I didn’t have work to do, I’d print out this sad-looking robot and color him up right now. And check out [the] Space Monkey!

In a way this reminds me a lot of those anatomy or biology coloring books they handed out to us in high school science class, with the idea that we’d learn the names of cells and membranes better if we had to stare at them while we colored them in. As far as “for fun,” I never had the patience to color in the really detailed illustrations, I think the Jumping Snail is more my speed (get it?! ha ha). But it’s a great idea for an emergency kids’ activity, or if you need to learn all the different components of a patent-pending robot.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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