The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important 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 acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, 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 on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the kid has to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards an effective academic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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