The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to provide kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning 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 - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids 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, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something new occurs.
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