The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids 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 important to give kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids find out 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 on begin to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many 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 substantial help when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective scholastic career for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication truths, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is typically quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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