Using the Coloring Book

Please visit the NEW Kea Coloring Book website. This is the old site for earlier versions of the coloring book.


You run the Kea Coloring Book in Windows just like any other program.  The program will open up with the last coloring page you were using, so you can continue from where you left off.

You can choose a new picture, or pick up a tool and start coloring!


paint-bucket Fill: The paint bucket fills an area of the picture with color.  Dip it into the paint on the palette or the mixing tray to choose a new color.
paint-brush Brush: The paint brush lets you color the coloring page with paint strokes. Dip it into the paint on the palette or the mixing tray to choose a new color. magic-brush Magic Brush: The magic brush is a clever version of the paint brush - It stays inside the lines!
dropper Dropper: Use the dropper to suck up paint from the palette, the mixing tray or even off the picture, and squirt it into the mixing tray.  Squirting into an empty tray will put the color there, squirting into one that has paint already will mix the two colors.  You can suck up varying amounts depending on the mix required.  When using the dropper, aim the tip of the opening at the paint.
marker Marker Pen: The marker pen lets you draw new black outlines. You can draw onto an exisiting coloring page, or start with a blank page and create your own picture. eraser Eraser: The eraser removes black outlines. Use it along with the marker pen to create your own picture.
wash Wash: Turn on the tap to wash the paint away.  You can wash out a pot on the mixing tray, and you can wash the entire picture clean, so that you can start over.


undo Undo: Mistakes happen, but you can fix them up with the "Oops" button. It lets you to undo several recent changes. zoom Zoom In / Zoom Out: Zoom in to work on fine details. Zoom out again to see the whole picture. When you are zoomed in, scroll bars will appear if needed.
save Save: The save button saves a copy of the currently colored in picture to your save directory. Each time it is pressed a new file is created. print Print:  Prints the current colored in picture to your default printer.
info Info: The info button displays information about the selected picture. print Previous Picture / Next Picture: The previous and next buttons go to the previous or next picture in the catalog.
options Options: In the options you can control the volume of the background music and sound effects, turn off hints, and select your language (English or Spanish).

Other Features

The tool size controls the thickness of the brush, magic brush, marker pen and eraser.

The color palette shows 20 colors at a time. You can use the arrow keys above the palette to choose other sets of colors.  These palettes can be managed using the Parent Tools.

The mixing tray lets you mix colors. Suck up color from the palette, the page, or another mixed color and squirt it into the tray.  When mixing colors, the more you have in the dropper the greater effect the added color will have.

Use the icons at the top right to close the coloring book, maximise/restore, or minimise.  You can resize the window by grabbing the edge and dragging. To move the window around, click the Kea Coloring Book title and then drag the window.

See also...

  • Using the Parent Tools