The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and grownups 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 utilize, etc. It is very important to give kids a possibility to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids 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 begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
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 kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child 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 respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free 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 big assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication truths, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new occurs.
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