The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is necessary to provide 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 individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early 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 skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job 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 gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in 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 direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial assistance 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 "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective scholastic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication realities, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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