The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), 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 use, and so on. It is very important to provide kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the tensions 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 knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to 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 kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many 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 huge help when handwriting time occurs, and the kid 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 for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to react. 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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