The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a method for children and adults 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 provide children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, numerous usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (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 motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for numerous young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective academic profession for numerous children. For numerous children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication truths, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something new occurs.
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