The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids 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 use, and so on. It is very important to offer kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out 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 begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is needed 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 preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to appreciate 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, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards an effective scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically quick 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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