The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method 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 provide children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the stresses 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 learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed 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 needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the child needs to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "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 often fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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