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.
Many parents like to print out enough to make small coloring books. It is faster than you think and a great gift that you can give to your child. Plus, you can feel great knowing that they will be using the pictures that they really like. As their parent you already know what will appeal to them the most and make them very excited.
Children who use coloring pages will also better their ability to concentrate. Being able to concentrate is an important skill for children to have, and the earlier they start developing it, the better. Focusing on a drawing on a page does much for children. Children learn to be patient as they take their time to apply colors to the images in the coloring book. Problems with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, are diminished, psychologists believe, in children who devote a good portion of their time to coloring pages.
With free coloring pages you can create a way for your kids to stay entertained. You won't be hearing that they are bored. When it is too hot to play outside or bitter cold they need to have indoor activities. Coloring can help them to develop skills and it also helps them to stay quiet. 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.
Remember how much you loved coloring when you were a child? You'd snuggle down into another world with your coloring books and crayons, and time would pass almost unnoticed. Children today love to color just as much, plus we now know that coloring is an excellent pre-reading activity that helps children develop the eye-and-hand coordination they will need to write. Coloring books are still available in the stores if you like, but you will also find a ton of coloring pages to print in the Internet which will provide your child with a much wider range of subjects to choose from than you'll find in books.
When the Internet was still pretty new--anyone here old enough to remember those days? --only a few websites offered free, printable coloring pages, and most of these merely contained some rough sketches or produced teeny weeny pictures. But today one can find a multitude of websites from which you can print out high-quality coloring sheets on nearly any subject that you can imagine.
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