The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for children and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is essential to offer children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, numerous usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous children learn 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) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to 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 images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for numerous 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 kid has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic career for numerous children. For numerous children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication truths, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, 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 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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