The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is important to provide children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many 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 on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, 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 young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a substantial assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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