The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, and so on. It is very important to give children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, numerous usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single task 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for numerous preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, 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 numerous children. For numerous children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new occurs.
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