The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, and so on. It is essential to give children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job 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 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 kid gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically 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 comes around, and the kid needs to appreciate 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, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides 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 respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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