The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for kids and grownups 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, etc. It is very important to provide kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or young child may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective scholastic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction truths, etc. It's a turning point that states "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 respond. This sense of accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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