Abella Delaunay November 9, 2019 Coloring Pages
Color by number pages do not have to be “integers only” pages. We like to use color by number pages to teach mathematics. Instead of giving a number for a space to color, we might give an addition problem: 2 + 3 =. Then, at the bottom of the page, we might say, “5 = purple“. Kids would solve the problem, then color that space in depending on the color given for the answer.
8) Boundaries – Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with reprinted 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 scratch paper coloring as often as possible, so that children are free to express themselves, for many preschoolers this is their only 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 reprinted handwriting lines on the paper.
It is also worth noting that printable coloring pages are not just those for children. Adult coloring pages, which are also available online, have also become very fashionable.
Just one other comment about the postings on this topic so far, and that is in regards to coloring ”competitions”. While I do not necessarily support coloring ”competitions”, because I feel that coloring is a form of self expression and that you cannot judge self expression, I think there are right and wrong ways to have a coloring ”competition”, if you feel like you must have one. First, don’t award a prize to the winner, unless you plan to award everyone a prize for ”putting forth an effort”. Second, if you are going to award certificates or something like that, I agree with what’s already been said, and you could consider making up a unique certificate for each person who entered the ”competition”, like ”Most Colorful”, ”Neatest”, ”Most Artistic”, ”Most Unique”, etc. It is important to recognize every coloring ”competition” entry as a ”winner”, just for putting forth an effort of self expression.
Coloring sheets, books, and pages can be integral in preparing children for the more structured work on paper ahead of them. Most children thoroughly enjoy coloring which can foster physical and psychological development in a range of areas. By encouraging their love of coloring at an early age, you’ll contribute to a lifetime of positive benefits. Even though coloring may be perceived as a simple activity, it does provide children an excellent opportunity to develop skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. In addition to gaining crucial foundational skills, coloring provides a powerful outlet to spark their imagination and it provides them with an excellent means to express their inner thoughts and feelings.
The final point I wish to make is twofold, firstly coloring is great for stimulating your children’s imagination and letting their minds roam free, but it also has a serious and beneficial psychological angle to it, many child therapists will use coloring as a way to see how a child is really feeling, the way they express themselves through colors is very indicative of their state of mind and the emotions they feel. This is another great benefit of coloring for children, it can help you to understand how exactly your child feels at any given time.
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