The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is necessary to offer kids a possibility to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and relax, 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 small muscles needed for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on a single job 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 pictures 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 child grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for many young children 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 comes around, and the child needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective academic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the reproduction facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new occurs.
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