The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, and so on. It is very important to offer children a possibility to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is healing. 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 calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children discover 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 on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start 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 lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the kid 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 point out in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the first step towards a successful academic profession for lots of children. For lots of children 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 turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it supplies 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 respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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