The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and grownups 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 utilize, etc. It is essential to offer children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) 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 early morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small 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 essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows 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 lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the child has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards an effective scholastic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication realities, 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 helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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