The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to offer children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and relax, 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 knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, 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 often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the kid needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction truths, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it offers children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often 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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