The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to offer children an opportunity to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "best photo ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later on start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Taking note of a single job for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed boundaries. This early direct exposure to boundaries in print, will be a big help when handwriting time happens, and the child has 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 in the meantime, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful scholastic profession for lots of children. For lots of children coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction truths, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I come across, and it offers 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 accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something brand-new occurs.
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