The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and grownups 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 important to offer children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is restorative. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best 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 - many children find out 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 begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the kid has to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial 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, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides children 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 react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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