For Parents: Why Coloring is So Important for Kids?

Any time children coloring pages they think they are just having fun. But at the same time the coloring pages play an important role in child development. Some specialists criticize coloring saying that unlike drawing on an empty page, it constrains kid's creativity. But coloring is not a replacement for drawing. It's the different activity with its own value. Besides, for some toddlers coloring can be the first step towards drawing. Most kids like to color as well as they like to draw. And you should be happy, that coloring gives them such a great value:

Self expression. Yes, even choosing the color helps kids to express themselves. That's why you shouldn't require from your kid to use the 'correct' colors. Don't panic if trees are blue but not green. Just say to your kid that it looks beautiful.

Boundaries. Though creativity is important, accepting some limitations is important too. For example, your kid should understand that he can't run out on the road. When coloring pages with preprinted pictures on them, children learn how to accept boundaries (lines on the coloring page). Of course, a toddler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries. But as the child gets older, he will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them.

Milestone. You never know when the drawing is finished. But a coloring page provides a sense of accomplishment. It's a milestone that says 'I did it!' 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.

Focus. Most children don't like focusing, concentrating and staying engaged in the task. Children who spend their time completing a coloring page 'to the best of their ability' stay in the lines at all costs, the very best they can. This enables them to develop concentration and focus skills, that will help them as they get older in school and have to complete math or spelling worksheets.

Color recognition. Unlike drawing, coloring always require a set of different colors. Many children receive their first exposure to the color through the use of crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Children who color with crayons or markers early on, have an easier time of understanding colors, the makeup of colors, and the mixing of colors.

Grip/Control. For many children, a crayon or colored pencil is the first object that they have to 'grip' in a certain manner, in order to control it. It's important for children to develop proper grip and control over a crayon, to help them properly grip and control other writing instruments in the future.

Coordination and motor skills. Coordination is yet another important lesson that kids can learn from coloring. It takes a lot of hand-eye coordination to color in a coloring page. From the proper way to hold the crayon, to recognizing what color to use, to sharpening crayons, these basic coordination developing skills will last children a lifetime. These activities require arm muscles and hands to work together to be able to manipulate objects to perform the tasks at hand.

Therapy. For many children coloring is health therapeutic. Health institutions across the globe use coloring to help people 'vent' their feelings and frustrations, as well as other emotions through coloring. 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.