The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, and so on. It is essential to offer children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is restorative. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction truths, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new occurs.