The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to offer kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best 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 - lots of kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (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 lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a substantial help when handwriting time happens, and the child has to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, 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 respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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