The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is necessary to provide children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate 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 limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time happens, and the child needs 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 mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new occurs.
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