The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for kids 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 utilize, and so on. It is necessary to give kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child 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 begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge aid when handwriting time occurs, and the child has to respect 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, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the primary 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, discovering the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids 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 carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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