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This section contains a huge range of coloring pages for you to enjoy at home or within the classroom environment.
The world is a colorful place and us humans have sophisticated eyes that get to enjoy the brilliant and broad spectrum. A favorite pastime and important developmental activity for children is to color, whether it’s with crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint or chalk.
Though the activity of coloring and the printing of coloring books only formally took off from the 1880s, people have been coloring for centuries and the benefits of coloring have only recently been established by science.
The act of coloring helps develop important hand strength and dexterity and also teaches children how to hold pencils that will be used later in teaching handwriting. When given a coloring page, children also exercise their hand-eye coordination by practicing coloring in the lines and coloring neatly, by choosing which color to use next, and by learning how to sharpen their tools.
Coloring can be as simple or as sophisticated as the child can manage – some coloring pages are simple shapes, while others require cognitive functions like understanding shapes and geometry or to match particular colors with instructions like numbers. Coloring can even enhance color recognition and how to use tools to achieve the desired result. How? Pressing hard or soft will result in different shades while experimenting with mixing colors can achieve the desired hue.
The activity of coloring has recently exploded in the adult coloring book sphere because of its widely recognized ability to induce relaxation and patience. When presented with a blank image to color, a child learns to relax while engaging in a task, to patiently work through the activity and then to enjoy the accomplishment of a finished work of art. It’s a great creative confidence booster too, as they’re not relying on their ability to draw something they’re interested in accurately, simply to color it to their satisfaction.
Focus is also exercised during coloring. In a world of constant distractions, concentration and focus are important skills to develop. Since there are no alert sounds, pop-ups or flashing lights to distract them, coloring is a great way to get children to enhance their focus skills.
Coloring even helps with decision making, imagination and self-expression. Should she use yellow or green? What color is a dinosaur? What colors will she use to represent her feelings? Coloring is also a wonderful bonding activity when done in pairs and teaches communication skills and collaboration.
So why not browse our coloring section to find something the kids will enjoy, you never know, you might be cultivating the next creative genius!