The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for kids 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, and so on. It is essential to provide kids a chance to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as typically as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time happens, and the child has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication truths, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is typically 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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