The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is very important to provide kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of 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 kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the child has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards a successful academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction realities, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so easily, when something new occurs.
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