The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can inform 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 provide kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many 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 begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking note of a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally 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 aid when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will point out for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies 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 respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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