The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to provide children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure 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 children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big help when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - 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 achievement, the primary step towards an effective scholastic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it supplies children 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 achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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