All kids like to color, but there are important reasons to encourage and guide this activity beyond the simple hedonistic impetus to have fun. Coloring Builds Fine Motor Skills – Perhaps the biggest benefit children get from coloring pages of animals or their favorite cartoon characters is the development of fine motor skills. This includes learning the proper way to hold the crayon, marker or colored pencil they are using to draw with. When supervising young children learning how to color use gentle instructions to encourage them to hold the writing implement near the tip, cradled between the tips of their thumb, index finger and middle finger. Many children grab the crayon in their fist. Correcting this improper usage is an important first step towards real penmanship.
The first coloring book, "The Little Folks' Paint Book" was published in 1879. Crayola introduced the crayon in 1903. And the average American child spends 28 minutes a day coloring and wears down about 730 crayons by the age of 10. Between parents and schools, roughly 2.5 billion crayons are purchased each year.
The time to open the lines of communication with your child is when they are young. A two or three year old may not be able to have an hour long conversation and tell you everything that is running through their mind or that may be bothering them, but if you take the time to pull out some coloring pages and sit with them for some creative play you will find that they do have their own ways of communicating with you. When children are allowed to fill in coloring sheets they will often display parts of their personality by favoring some colors over others or by coloring in a particular fashion. For example, one little girl may color her princess coloring pages with short, careful strokes so that she is certain not to go out of the lines while another little girl with the same princess coloring pages scribbles quickly in a hurry to get done first.
Every kid loves to draw, paint and color artwork. Coloring pages are a lot of fun for kids because they have familiar characters or subjects on them that they relate to. Adding color and bringing the black and white page to life with colors is very special to kids. This article will discuss 3 reasons why a dinosaur coloring page is loved by so many children. Creative Fun: Do you remember coloring as a kid? It has been a long time for most of us. With activity pages, kids will use their creativity to select colors and decorate. Depending upon age and skill, some will scribble a single color all over the paper, but others will pay close attention to staying within the lines and using several colors to make the dinosaur page a work of art. Regardless of the skill level of the artist, kids get creative and have a lot of fun.