The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express 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 important to offer kids a possibility to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids discover 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 start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time comes around, and the kid needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful academic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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