The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for children and adults alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is essential to give children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any 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 in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a substantial assistance when handwriting time happens, and the child needs 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 discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful scholastic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication realities, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it supplies 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 react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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