Charleena Brune January 25, 2021 Coloring Pages
Coloring Builds Fine Motor Skills – Perhaps the biggest benefit children get from coloring pages of animals or their favorite cartoon characters is the development of fine motor skills. This includes learning the proper way to hold the crayon, marker or colored pencil they are using to draw with. When supervising young children learning how to color use gentle instructions to encourage them to hold the writing implement near the tip, cradled between the tips of their thumb, index finger and middle finger. Many children grab the crayon in their fist. Correcting this improper usage is an important first step towards real penmanship. Beyond the skill of holding a crayon or pencil properly, learning to keep the lines drawn on the coloring pages is another example of fine motor skills. This is a more advanced concept, and may well take several years for the child to fully be able to accomplish, so only positive comments should be made on your youngsters coloring attempts in this regard. It is better to have them enjoy coloring and want to do it often then become discouraged by negative feedback and harsh criticisms.
The Choices in online Children’s Coloring pages. At some websites you’ll find the basic children’s coloring pages that can be printed and colored by hand with crayons, colored pencils, and whatever else. However, you can also find websites that offer interactive coloring pages that require you child to work on the computer itself to fill in the images with colors. Often times, these interactive coloring pages are part of an entire online community and the pages are just one of many things available to do on the website. For instance, a website with these pages might be about dolls, and it would also contain all shapes, sizes, and kinds of dolls for children to play with and even create them. Their favorites can become images on coloring pages. There will also likely be articles, games, quizzes, contests, and chat forums for doll lovers. Your child will love being able to learn so much and be so creative with something she has a love for already.
Coloring pages for kids are a popular item, because they can be found in any library or store for kids. They can also be printed out from the internet in any size and can be used as posters or wallpapers for a room. These coloring pages for kids can be of many different types. With cartoon characters from famous cartoons, such as Disney’s cartoons, Pixar and many others like it. They can also represent famous children’s stories and fairy tales. Printable coloring pages for kids are even more popular because they can be downloaded free from the internet and even bought online. We can even go to a print shop to make the pages look somewhat professional. These kinds of pages can be used to make your own coloring book for your kids.
The benefits of coloring pages: 1) Self expression – coloring on a blank ”canvas” (piece of paper), is a way for children and adults 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 important to give children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art. 2) Color recognition. 3) Therapy – for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it’s scribbling, or coloring the ”best picture ever”, coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work. 4) Grip/Control – many children learn 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 begin to be developed while coloring. 5) Coordination. 6) Building motor skills. 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) Boundaries – Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper. 9) Milestone – This is the last little ”importance” of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful academic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, and so forth. It’s a milestone that says ”yes I can” do whatever I come across, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps 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 new comes along.
Why Children’s Coloring Pages are Important. Today’s children still love coloring just as much as the Old People used to when they were children. In addition to this fact, it’s now known that coloring is a wondrous pre-reading activity which helps children develop the hand-eye coordination they’ll need for learning how to write. Parents who encourage the use of children’s coloring pages are also encouraging an array of other development skills including decision making, patience, persistence, and creativity. Children’s coloring pages on the Internet offer a greater assortment of subject matter than the books in the stores can, and if your children want printed coloring books you can fire up that printer of yours and create a customized, one of a kind coloring book for your child. It only takes a few minutes to print out several coloring pages, and these lead to hours of entertainment and brain stimulation for your child.
On TheDollPalace.com, for example, dolls of every shape and size are available for children to play with and create, and then favorites are created into coloring pages. When dolls and coloring pages are complete, there are still interesting articles to read, personalities about the dolls to create, contests to take part in, and even forums and chats to visit to get to know other doll and coloring enthusiasts. While coloring pages may seem simple in the minds of parents and other adults these days, they are often the passport into a more creative style of play. Yes, your child will simply color the picture online, but by doing so, she is learning not only to stay inside the lines, but to balance color and texture and to simply use her imagination. If a coloring page for kids is the first step into a full-fledged imagination based entertainment package, it is unlikely many parents will find them simple for long.
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