The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell 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 necessary 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) Treatment - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children 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 developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is essential 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 young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate 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 borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will point out for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction realities, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, 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 respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so easily, when something new comes along.
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