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 utilize, and so on. It is necessary to offer kids a chance to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself included) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids discover 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 established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is required for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, 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 young children 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 kid has to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective academic profession for many kids. For many 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 turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new occurs.
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