The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and grownups 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 children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, 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 very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" 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 initial step towards a successful academic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction truths, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies children 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 accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new occurs.
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