The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and grownups alike to reveal 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 very important to offer children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses 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 very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, 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 mention in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective 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 reproduction 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 often fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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