The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is important to give kids a chance to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as typically as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - 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 turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards an effective scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction facts, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides kids 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 assist them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new occurs.
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