The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and adults 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 utilize, etc. It is essential to give kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, 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 first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard 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 in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time happens, and the kid has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards a successful academic profession 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 facts, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.