The benefits of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (notepad), is a method for kids and adults 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 utilize, and so on. It is very important to give kids an opportunity to express themselves, and not all kids express themselves through words and through writing, lots of use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Therapy - for lots of people (myself consisted of) coloring is healing. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest photo ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, unwind, and calm down, after the tensions 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 little muscles required for penmanship later begin to be established while coloring.
6) Building motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single job for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Boundaries - Another thing that kids gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or young child may doodle all over a coloring sheet, with no regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the kid ages, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring totally free expression as often as possible, for lots of young children pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed borders. This early exposure to borders in print, will be a huge aid when handwriting time comes around, and the kid needs to respect the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Turning point - This is the last little "importance" of coloring that I will mention for now, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of accomplishment, the initial step towards a successful scholastic profession for lots of kids. For lots of kids coloring in the lines is simply as essential as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, finding out the multiplication facts, etc. It's a turning point that says "yes I can" do whatever I stumble upon, and it offers kids with pride, a sense of self worth, and assists them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something brand-new occurs.
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