The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), 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 important to provide children a chance to reveal themselves, and not all children reveal themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Treatment - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, 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 small muscles required for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job 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 learn from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept limits. While a toddler or young child 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 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 young children 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 has to appreciate the limits of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "value" of coloring that I will point out for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the primary step towards a successful scholastic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, discovering the multiplication realities, etc. It's a milestone that says "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it offers children with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is typically fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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