The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and adults 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 utilize, etc. It is necessary to provide kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the stresses 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 knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring free of charge expression as typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective academic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides 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 carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
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