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 inform a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to give children a possibility to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (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 motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication truths, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it supplies children 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 achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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