The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, and so on. It is essential to provide kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - 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 doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time occurs, and the child needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - 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 achievement, the first step towards a successful scholastic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction facts, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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