The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for children and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is important to offer children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, 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 very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure 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 children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, 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 typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time happens, and the kid has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, 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 respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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