The original creator and designer of the Strawberry Shortcake character was Barbi Sargent while she was a contracted freelance artist for American Greetings. The character first appeared on a Laurel Greeting card in 1973, holding a daisy. The character was simply called “Girl with a Daisy” at the time. In July 1977, Barbi Sargent received an assignment which was completed in early July 1977 and that she tendered to American Greetings on July 7 that year, four (4) “leader cards” depicting the “Strawberry Shortcake” character in full color. (Leader cards are used by AG for consumer test purposes. ) It was Rex Conner who requested Barbi to create 4 cards with a “berryish” outfit for the Mega Test Market. The first time the public saw Strawberry Shortcake in her new outfit with her pink cat, Custard, was in that national test. There was a very positive response by the public once the leader cards were released. In May 1983, copyrights to Strawberry Shortcake were granted to Barbi Sargent from American Greetings Corporation. Later on Barbi returned the copyrights to American Greetings so that they could continue with the success of the Strawberry Shortcake franchise.
Beyond the skill of holding a crayon or pencil properly, learning to keep the lines drawn on the coloring pages is another example of fine motor skills. This is a more advanced concept, and may well take several years for the child to fully be able to accomplish, so only positive comments should be made on your youngsters coloring attempts in this regard. It is better to have them enjoy coloring and want to do it often then become discouraged by negative feedback and harsh criticisms.
Simple narration of Biblical stories may not create interest in them. But stories accompanies by colorful visual medium like Biblical coloring pages would strike their imagination and they would be able to related the narrations well with pictures. The color pages usually make perfect alphabet games as they come in funny shapes or associated with things children love like doggy, monkey, fairy, flowers, garlands, cartoon characters and others. Children love such visual medium and the Biblical pages too can be used to teach them various things.
Before the road trip take the kids to the stores so they can pick out their road trip coloring books and other activities. This is an even better choice because the kids will settle beforehand which type of activity is most interesting and the best for them. Tell them that you'll hold onto the items until the road trip and they'll spend the time until the trip in anticipation of playing with their new toys. They'll be that much more likely to stay involved with their coloring books and crayons on the trip rather than on each other, so you'll be that much more relaxed while on the drive.
One thing that almost all children love are Butterfly Coloring Pages. The great thing about coloring these insects is that there are no rules for the colors – they are bright, with wonderful patterns and markings that make it fun for any age to bring out their creativity. There is a multitude of coloring books that are available at book and retail stores, as well as pages that can be found on the internet and printed for the kids to color.