The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and grownups 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 essential to offer kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture 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 kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
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 gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally 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 huge aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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