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 utilize, etc. It is very important to offer children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and relax, 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 very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as frequently as possible, for many 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 assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the child has to respect the borders 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, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it supplies children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so easily, when something new occurs.
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