The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is essential to offer children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, 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 first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the boundaries (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 often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the boundaries 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 achievement, the primary step towards an effective academic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.