The advantages of coloring pages:
1) Self expression - coloring on a blank "canvas" (piece of paper), is a method for children and grownups alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is necessary to provide children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.
2) Color recognition
3) Treatment - for many individuals (myself included) coloring is restorative. Regardless of whether it's doodling, or coloring the "finest image ever", coloring can be a method to de-stress, after a hectic morning of school work, wind down, and cool down, after the tensions of a day at school or work.
4) Grip/Control - many children discover how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by very first learning how to hold a crayon. The little muscles required for penmanship later start to be developed while coloring.
6) Structure motor skills
7) Focus - Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is essential for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one's life.
8) Limits - Another thing that children gain from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept borders. While a toddler or preschooler might doodle all over a coloring sheet, without any regard for the borders (lines on the coloring page), as the child ages, they will start to appreciate those lines, and make an effort to color in between them. While I motivate blank paper coloring for free expression as typically as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their very first direct exposure to printed borders. This early direct exposure to borders in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time happens, and the child has to appreciate the borders of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
9) Milestone - This is the last little "significance" of coloring that I will discuss in the meantime, which is that coloring in the lines is a turning point, a sense of achievement, the initial step towards an effective academic career for many children. For many children 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 turning point that states "yes I can" do whatever I discover, and it supplies children 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 react. This sense of achievement will bring them through life, and help them not to give up so quickly, when something new occurs.
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