The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to provide kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids find out how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is essential 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 boundaries. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, 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 lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big assistance when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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