The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method 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 important 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 lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of 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 begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, 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 often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards an effective academic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction truths, etc. It's a milestone that states "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 often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new occurs.
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