The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for kids and grownups alike to express themselves. You can inform a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they utilize, etc. It is very important to give kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on 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 images on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or young child might doodle 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 appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big aid when handwriting time occurs, and the kid needs to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" 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 primary step towards a successful academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids 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 respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and assist them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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