The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to offer children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover 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 established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for many young children 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 happens, and the child has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective academic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction facts, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. 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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