The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and adults 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, etc. It is very important to give children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid gets older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time comes around, and the kid 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 mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards a successful academic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication truths, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides children 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 respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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