The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell 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 give children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often 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 aid when handwriting time comes around, and the kid has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective academic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides 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 respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new occurs.
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