The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for kids and grownups alike to reveal themselves. You can inform a lot about the method a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is necessary to offer kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and cool 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 small muscles needed for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Focusing on 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a young child or preschooler may doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring free of charge expression as often as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, and the kid needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the first step towards a successful academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction truths, and so forth. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something new comes along.
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