The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is essential to provide children a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way 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 find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" 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 an effective scholastic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication truths, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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