The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is very important to provide kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is restorative. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on start 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) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful scholastic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction truths, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new occurs.
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