The Christmas season, also called the holiday season (often simply called the holidays), or the festive season, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and other countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January. It is defined as incorporating at least Christmas, usually New Year, and sometimes various other holidays and festivals. It also is associated with a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector (the “Christmas (or holiday) shopping season”) and a period of sales at the end of the season (the “January sales”). Christmas window displays and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies when trees decorated with ornaments and light bulbs are illuminated are traditions in many areas.
Many parents already know that coloring pages help develop their children's artistic abilities. They may not be familiar with the ways that using coloring pages can help their little ones to improve their skills towards writing. As children practice coloring, their abilities to stay within the lines improve over time. This focused ability to control the pencils or crayons precisely is an important part of being able to hold a writing instrument still and steady for when it is time to draw the letters of the alphabet. Artistic abilities are cultivated and strengthened in children who do well at coloring pages. Besides this, they will find it easier to start writing their alphabet letters when the time for this comes.
Since preschoolers love to color different things as much as older children, there are several websites that cater to this age with very simple patterns of butterflies. These are large designs that are easy for the youngest toddlers to color. These can be found on the internet and are available in PDF formats that can be downloaded and printed from either PCs or Mac computers. As the children get older and more experienced with their artistic talents, they become bored with the simple butterfly patterns for the younger children. There are also websites that accommodate this age group with butterflies that have significant more detail as well as help them learn a wider variety of colors and shades – and some feature different flowers and seasons. In order to keep the children interested in the art and beauty of butterflies, there are websites that provide more advanced butterfly patterns to be printed for the older children. These butterfly pictures are more meticulous, with additional backgrounds that the children can also color and to enhance their creativity. In addition to coloring books, there are other items for this age group to color such as bookmarks and posters.
If you have very young children you may be placing them down for an afternoon nap. Older children can spend time with entertaining themselves with this fun activity. Then they won't be creating noise that can make it harder for the little ones to get the rest they need. You can print out just a page or two at a time if you like.
Beyond the skill of holding a crayon or pencil properly, learning to keep the lines drawn on the coloring pages is another example of fine motor skills. This is a more advanced concept, and may well take several years for the child to fully be able to accomplish, so only positive comments should be made on your youngsters coloring attempts in this regard. It is better to have them enjoy coloring and want to do it often then become discouraged by negative feedback and harsh criticisms.