The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is necessary to offer children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble 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 appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication truths, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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