The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to give children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, 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 first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, and the kid 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 in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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