The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for children and adults 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, and so on. It is essential to provide children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is healing. No matter whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and relax, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first knowing how to hold a crayon. The little muscles needed for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Taking notice of a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful scholastic career for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction truths, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides children 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 accomplishment will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so easily, when something new occurs.
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