The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is essential to give children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, numerous use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
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 children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for numerous 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 assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic profession for numerous children. For numerous children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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