The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell 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 important to provide kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, numerous use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for numerous preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the kid has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic profession for numerous kids. For numerous kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction realities, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so easily, when something new comes along.
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