The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to offer kids a chance to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids learn 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 start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - 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 milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.