The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method 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, etc. It is necessary to provide kids a chance to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out 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 begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication facts, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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