The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform 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 important to give kids a chance to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. No matter 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, unwind, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will begin to appreciate 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 first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the kid has 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 mention in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids 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 turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids 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 react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new occurs.
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