The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is essential to provide kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, 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 lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial help when handwriting time occurs, and the child has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides kids 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 respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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