The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and grownups alike to express themselves. You can inform 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 very important to give children a possibility to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start 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 many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective academic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides 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 give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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