The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to provide kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids 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 start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child 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 in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful academic 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 truths, etc. It's a turning point that says "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 typically quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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