The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and grownups alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is necessary to provide children a possibility to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
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) Borders - 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 doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful academic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, etc. It's a turning point that states "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 achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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