The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), 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, and so on. It is important to offer kids a chance to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task 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 photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child may scribble 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 first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial help when handwriting time happens, and the kid has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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