The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is very important to provide kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of 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 gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in 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 very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a huge aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction truths, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something new occurs.
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