The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is important to provide kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy 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 first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the kid has to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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