The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for children and grownups alike to reveal 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 important to provide children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building 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) Boundaries - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the kid has to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards an effective academic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction facts, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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