How To Make Your Own Sports-Themed Coloring Book

Looking for a sports-themed coloring book and can’t find exactly what you want? Make your own with this simple tutorial. Every sports-obsessed kid will love one of these for themselves. 

Have kiddos who love to play, play, play sports all day until they’re beyond the point of exhaustion? I feel you. I have little ones that run themselves ragged on any court, field or arena they can find.

Engage With Sports Though Art

Sometimes, I like to give them a chance to slow down and engage with sports in a different form. Coloring gives my active boys a chance to calm down, slow the pace and catch their breath a bit (or just sit peacefully at a restaurant table while waiting for food).

Coloring books exclusively about sports exist, and I have shared a dozen of our favorite sports coloring books over on Honestly Modern, but that doesn’t always cut it. When your kids have colored all the pages or have a more specific request for what they’d like color, I’ve got you covered (or more accurately, Google has you covered).

Make Your Own Personalized Coloring Books

My kids often make very specific requests about what they want to color: a Philadelphia Flyers goalie, Mickey Mouse playing basketball, or a baseball pitcher mid-pitch. Typically, these requests arise out of some conversation about a team or sport or a recent game they watched.

With the wonders of Google, I can entertain a lot of these requests with a simple search for “(fill in the blank) coloring page” or “(fill in the blank) coloring image”.

I am not an attorney (so don’t consider this legal advice), but as long as you aren’t making loads of copies or using the images for commercial use, the Internet is a great place to find the images your kids want to color at home.

5 Steps to Making Your Own Personalized Coloring Book

Step 1: Search for your desired images on Google (or your favorite search engine). As mentioned above, I search for terms like “baseball player coloring image” or “soccer player coloring page” I filter for only Images which results in a wealth of images from which to choose.

Step 2: The boys choose their favorite images and I save them to my computer. After opening a new Microsoft Word document, I Insert each image as a Picture. I resize each image by dragging the bottom right corner of the image to fill the page, and then I print.

Step 3: Choose two pieces of construction paper or cardstock for the front and back covers (if you’d like a cover).

Step 4: Staple the pages together and color away.

Sometimes, the boys like to add an image on the cover. For the soccer cover page, I searched for “soccer coloring image” and found this on the first page.

Beyond just a family project, this could also be a great birthday party activity where each child creates their own party favor to take home. Each child can take home their coloring book and maybe a box of crayons or markers.

There aren’t a lot of sports-themed coloring books on the market and making your own is simple, so much more fun, and creates a personalized book in which your child can’t wait to color every single page.

Give it a shot and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @kidssportslab with #SmartsForSportyPants so we can see your project. We absolutely love to see readers trying out our ideas!


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