The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way 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, and so on. It is necessary to provide kids a possibility to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often 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 substantial assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate 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 milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful academic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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