The advantages 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 inform a lot about the way an individual is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, and so on. It is essential to give kids a possibility to express themselves, and not all kids 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 therapeutic. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy 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 find out 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 on start to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor abilities
7) Focus - Focusing on a single task for a length of time is needed for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted images on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child might doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as frequently as possible, for lots of preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a big help when handwriting time occurs, and the kid has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards an effective academic career for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I encounter, and it provides kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is frequently quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and assist them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new comes along.
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