The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way 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, etc. It is important to give children an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses 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 knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to 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 children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a young child or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect 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 between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring totally free expression as frequently as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big help when handwriting time comes around, and the kid needs to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards a successful scholastic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction realities, and so forth. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it offers children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently fast to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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