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 express themselves. You can tell a lot about the method an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is very important to offer kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is therapeutic. Despite whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest picture ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic early morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - lots of kids discover 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 on begin to be established while coloring.
6) Structure motor abilities
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Borders - Another thing that kids gain 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, without any respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows 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 often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their 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 kid has to appreciate the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will point out in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective scholastic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the reproduction realities, and so forth. It's a milestone that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it supplies kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often fast to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to quit so quickly, when something brand-new comes along.
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