The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for children and adults 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 use, etc. It is very important to offer children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy early 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 learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
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) Boundaries - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as typically as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their 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 has 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, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards a successful academic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction facts, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is typically quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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