The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell 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 necessary to provide kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task 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 gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful scholastic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction realities, etc. 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 helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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