The benefits 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 a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is very important 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) Therapy - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time comes around, and the kid needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, etc. It's a milestone 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 bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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