The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and adults alike to express 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 necessary to give kids a chance to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as typically as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.