The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is essential to offer kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, 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 knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
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) Borders - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might scribble 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 between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards a successful academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication truths, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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