The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell 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 very important to provide children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses 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 first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any 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 in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big help when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication truths, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new occurs.
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