The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (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 use, and so on. It is very important to give children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early 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 mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers children 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 achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so easily, when something new comes along.