Friday, September 23, 2011
7 benefits of coloring
My girls love to color and I have sometimes wondered if there were better ways they could be spending their time. I have asked myself the question, "Is this just a great way to occupy them for a bit? Or are there actual lessons to be learned from such an ordinary task?" Given more thought, I have found that there are actually several benefits for children when they simply color a printed page.
1- Coloring helps a child practice holding a writing tool the correct way and aids in developing those tiny muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrist.
2- Coloring aids in hand-eye coordination as the child learns to color within the specified area.
3- Children develop the skill of patience and learn to focus on details when coloring. Such a sense of accomplishment is achieved when a coloring page is completed.
4- Coloring allows a child to relax and be comfortable while creating a piece of art. Children can fill in the figures and shapes on the page any way they choose, whereas drawing can sometimes be a little intimidating that the outcome won't be exactly as they wanted.
5- Coloring a simple printed page helps a child to recognize color, hue, line, perspective, shape and form. It also helps a child to see and recognize patterns - a pre-reading and pre-math skill.
6- Eventually a child can even learn to plan as they decide the colors they will use in their picture and then what order they are going to color things within the picture.
7- Last, but not least, coloring can allow you and your child to have some quality quiet time together. It can provide a wonderful time to sit and chat with your child.
What other benefits have you seen as your children have spent their time coloring?