The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a way for kids 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 very important to provide kids an opportunity to reveal themselves, and not all kids reveal themselves through words and through writing, many usage art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many people (myself consisted of) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's scribbling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and cool down, 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 required for penmanship later start to be developed while coloring.
6) Building 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) Limits - Another thing that kids learn from coloring pages, with preprinted photos on them, is how to accept limits. While a young child or young child might scribble all over a coloring sheet, without any respect for the limits (lines on the coloring page), as the child grows older, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first direct exposure to printed limits. This early direct exposure to limits in print, will be a huge 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 "significance" of coloring that I will discuss for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of achievement, the primary step towards an effective academic profession for many kids. For many kids coloring in the lines is just as crucial as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication realities, etc. 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 typically quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new occurs.
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