The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for children and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to provide children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children learn 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 start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start 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 lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective academic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction truths, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides children 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 react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.