The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is important to offer kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid 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 often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards a successful scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction truths, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it offers kids 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 accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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