5 Free Color by Number Online Games and Apps

The Spruce / Jaime Knoth

These free color by number online games are great for kids who love to color and parents who don't like to clean up the mess and like to save money.

Not just coloring sheets, these free color by number online games have all the fun of coloring, but they give those little one's brains an extra workout because they have to use a legend to color specific parts of the picture.

These color by number online games vary in skill level all the way from preschool-aged children to kids in elementary school. The more areas there are to color generally means that they're tougher to complete.

There are more educational online games like these, including online connect the dots puzzles and online mazes. If your kid loves the computer, they'll love these games, and you'll love knowing that they're learning.

You can also find the more traditional printable color by number pages that you can print off and hand over to the kids within minutes.

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    Online Coloring Games for Kids

    An octopus being colored online

    Color It By Numbers Online 

    The number one favorite place to go to find a color by number picture online is simply named Color It By Numbers Online. You'll find over 100 free, color-by-number games that include images of animals, princesses, vehicles, flowers, Christmas, and Halloween.

    There are three modes you can choose for each color by number picture, easy, difficult, and numberless. Color By Numbers Online gives gentle hints if your child is having difficulty locating the correct colors, it makes it such a fun and positive experience. 

    If you don't like the colors used in the picture, you can easily change the "paint" to whichever color you'd like.

    Online Coloring Games for Kids from Color It By Numbers Online

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    Color by Number Counting Game

    Coloring a shape in yellow on an online color by number game

    Turtle Diary 

    Here's a color by number online from Turtle Diary where kids use the key to the right of the puzzle to color in the corresponding shapes. It's a great way for preschoolers to practice number recognition skills while still having fun. When they're finished with this online color number game, they can have their work checked. There's also a timer available if you'd like to work on speed and music that you can turn on and off to your liking.

    Color by Number Counting Game from Turtle Diary

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    Color by Numbers Flower

    A color by number flower with a pink petal

    Up To Ten 

    Here's a simple color-by-number online game that's perfect for very small kids from Up To Ten. Drag the colors to the corresponding parts of the flowers to color it in. As your child does so, the number will be spoken aloud. It won't let your child get the wrong answer, they get to keep trying until they are successful. There's also a reshuffle option if your child would like to play this over and over again.

    Color by Numbers Flower from Up to Ten

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    Color by Number Coloring Pages

    A screenshot of a starfish color by number activity

    Hello Kids

    Hello Kids has a lot of color by number online games. They're broken down into categories like animals, toys, nature, and characters.

    While playing the game, your child has the option of zooming in and out to better see the picture. The picture can also be printed before or after coloring.

    You'll also find calculation color by number games that ask your child to perform basic calculations in order to solve the color by number. There are calculation activities here for the beginner and the expert.

    Color by Number Coloring Pages from Hello Kids

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    Color by Number Coloring Game

    A nature color by number game

    Happy Color

    Take your online coloring with you with Happy Color, a color by number game app that's available to download for free for both Apple and Android users. There are over 40 categories you can choose from include animals, nature, art, holidays, Disney, Marvel, Tom & Jerry, and many more. There's also a new color by number available each day so you'll never get tired of the choices.

    Happy Color is easy to use. Just select one of the colors and then the sections that are to be colored in will appear shaded. It won't let you use the wrong color so any age is welcome to use this game.

    Color by Number Coloring Game from Happy Color