Berenice Delaunay December 3, 2019 Santa Claus
IMHO, colouring is just as good for kindergarten as it is for kids. it is an outlet that lets both ages focus, become creative, relax, get lost in having fun. As a new-found cancer patient, I am having to take a couple of months off of work for radiation and chemo. It is very hard for me not to work, but coloring is giving me a sense of all of the above, all over again. It de-stresses me, gives me something to do when I have no energy, and it is something more to do than just watch tv (though I read a LOT of books too). it takes my mind off of the ’what if’s ’, worrying about this that and the other, and gives me peace of mind. I never really outgrew colring as a kid, I have always loved art. I had my first exposure to photoshop (photoshop 3 way back then in the early 90’s) I sort of dropped the hand colouring after that, but now that I have taken it up again, I have noticed a lot of positive behavior changes in myself now that I can relax and enjoy it again.
For such a simple activity, coloring helps children develop a wide spectrum of mental and physical skills. Here are some of the areas coloring helps develop:
This is a serious question based on some criticism directed at me for giving colouring competitions and asking for kids to color in clip art on worksheets.
As a High School teacher I see what not being able to control fine motors results in. I have students who are unable to write between the lines making their work difficult to read. Math problems do not line up and letters and numbers are mixed up. Fine motor skills should be something children start working on at a very early age and coloring helps with this essential skill. Free hand drawing is creative and necessary but it does not encourage the fine motor skill to move on to writing clearly.
Children will often talk while colouring whether it be to a friend or an kids. This gives them the opportunity to learn new words and sentences. They use descriptive words to talk about their choices, the scene on the page, the colours and materials they are using, as well as their mistakes and success. There is also some evidence to suggest that colouring can begin to develop critical thinking skills.
In addition, children do not have to limit themselves to one fairy tale and choose. For example, between coloring with Barbie and Tomek and friends. Printable coloring pages allow you to complete your own coloring pages and choose only those pictures that your child likes best.
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