The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform 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 offer children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start to respect 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 preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a big help when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, 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, finding out the multiplication realities, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to react. 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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