The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is very important to give kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out 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) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the boundaries (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 motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards a successful academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists 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 help them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.