The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and adults alike to reveal 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 necessary to offer kids a chance to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Despite 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 cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job 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 gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (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 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 assistance when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication truths, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists 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 brand-new comes along.
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