The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform 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 offer kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for many 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 substantial aid when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective scholastic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction facts, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it offers 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 accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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