The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and adults alike to reveal 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 necessary to provide children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, numerous use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for numerous young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the child has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective scholastic career for numerous children. For numerous children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication truths, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides 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 react. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new occurs.
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