The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to offer kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, numerous usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - numerous 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 start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Taking note of a single task for a length of time is needed 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 scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (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 totally free expression as frequently as possible, for numerous preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial assistance when handwriting time comes around, and the child needs to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the first step towards an effective scholastic profession for numerous kids. For numerous kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides 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 react. This sense of achievement will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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