The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is very important to offer kids a chance to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will begin to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time occurs, and the child 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 discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something new comes along.
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