The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is necessary to provide children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child 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 often as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic career 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, discovering the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps 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 assist them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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