The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is essential to give children a possibility 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 consisted of) 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 busy morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the stresses 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 first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, and the child has to appreciate the limits 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 milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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