The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to give kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids learn 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 start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective scholastic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids 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 says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists 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 easily, when something new comes along.
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