The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids and grownups alike to reveal 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 necessary to offer kids a possibility to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color acknowledgment
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself included) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, unwind, and relax, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many kids learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first knowing how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later start to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is required 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 boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler may scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will start to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a substantial assistance when handwriting time happens, and the child needs to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will mention in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful academic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the reproduction realities, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides 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 accomplishment will bring them through life, and assist them not to give up so quickly, when something new comes along.
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