The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children 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 use, and so on. It is essential to give children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, wind down, and cool 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 required for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task 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 photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as typically as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful 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, learning the multiplication truths, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it offers children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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