The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the way 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, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses 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 first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time occurs, and the child 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 discuss in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards an effective scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction facts, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it offers 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 quit so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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