The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for children 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 use, and so on. It is very important to provide children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Despite whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles required for penmanship later on start to be established 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) Borders - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed limits. This early exposure to limits in print, will be a substantial aid when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to respect the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards a successful scholastic profession for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often 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 occurs.
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