The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is important to offer children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards an effective scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication realities, and so forth. 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 helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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