The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for children 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 utilize, and so on. It is very important to provide children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children gain 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, with no regard for the borders (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 encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective academic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something new comes along.
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