The advantages 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 a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is very important to provide children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and relax, 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 first knowing 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 necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will begin to respect 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 preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their 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 needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "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 fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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