The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is essential to give kids a chance to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids discover 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 start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking note of a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective scholastic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication truths, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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