By UntuN6T3ruS. Coloring Pages. At Tuesday, November 19th 2019, 13:50:12 PM.
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I completely disagree with your statement that “colouring inside the lines of someone else’s drawing is not art and it depresses creativity rather than encouraging it”. What nonsense. I am the parent of three grown children who are extremely creative and artistic. They enjoyed ‘colouring’ in colouring books very much as children. I have been a preschool teacher for over 30 years. I have provided colouring sheets to thousands of children who have enjoyed colouring pages and have done so very creatively. Coloring’s pages, when used correctly (no rules about right or wrong colours used/no admonishments about staying inside the lines/encouragement when new drawings are added etc.) simply provide a starting framework for creativity…just as knowing how to print letters and spell words provides a starting point for creative writing. How a child colours that framework…the colours, shapes, designs, addition of their own drawings and ideas provides a great forum for creativity. I could go on…but I’d rather go pull out my colouring book and get creative. :)
Some good old fashioned quality time with you, your child and a colouring book can be just what is needed to make any day OK. It’s a quiet space (sometimes!) where you can interact with the children during their peaceful playtime and just chat. What could be better.