As a mom I always use coloring pages and coloring books for my kid from his very young age. As a baby he started scribbling on colouring books. Then he used different colors on coloring pages to express his ideas. Now he is 6 years old and still love coloring. Is there any educational value of coloring and coloring books? This is a topic that is discussed among parents and educators from some time.
With my experience and knowledge, yes it has!
There is an educational value of coloring!
Coloring is a good activity for kids to improve their skills.The best material we can easily find are coloring pages and coloring books.Therefore parents can surround the kids with such necessary materials for coloring activities to keep their kids occupied and to improve their skills.
Coloring pages and coloring books help the kids to concentrate on their activity while expressing their inner feelings. I have experienced all these with my kid. He uses colouring as an activity to express his emotions. Other than that it is a good therapy for him.
Previously I discussed about the importance of coloring pages for kids. As I introduced coloring pages for my kid from his early stages of life, he improved his hand eye coordination, focus and attention span faster than expected skills for his age. Other than that coloring pages keep him busy which is a good activity for us during our holidays. In any busy place such as airports, he was a relaxed kid with his own bag which includes coloring books, crayons and pencils. Therefore I have more relaxing time during our travels.
My kid loves some of the cartoon characters too. I know it is same with most kids. Although I limit his screen time, I don’t bother with his love to such characters. This is why I always organize his birthday parties choosing a theme from his favourite cartoon characters. Therefore colouring pages are a good way to entertain the kids with their favourite characters. We cannot expect younger generation who completely stay away from television, internet or other media. But, we can use their interest to valuable activities by using helpful coluring pages. Cartoon character colouring pages such as coloring pages unicorn or paw patrol colouring pages or even Pororo colouring pages are always helpful to keep the kid’s eye away from the screen by doing some more valuable activity. Still, kids can enjoy spending their time with the favourite characters.
Benefits of coloring and coloring books
As a mom I experience all the educational benefits which coloring pages bring to my kid’s life. While colouring he started writing the name of the figure or scenery. For him colouring is a fun activity. But, at the same time he started improving writing skills too.
Coloring pages helps improving fine motor skills of kids. Kids learn how to color inside the line without coloring everywhere. To improve such coloring skills, coloring pages are the best learning aids when they are young.
You can also find educational colouring books which is a good way to teach the toddlers and preschoolers about the concepts around him. There are themed coloring books and coloring pages such as shapes, numbers, vegetables, fruits and other similar topics. These coloring books are great resources to improve the vocabulary of the kids while engaging in coloring activities.
Above are some of the educational benefits of using coloring pages for kids. As a mom I experience all these benefits. Among all the benefits, I like that kid improves his concentration and attention span which is beneficial for him in everything he does.
Do you use coloring pages for your kids? Do you think that there is an educational value of coloring and coloring books? If so, please share your experience and thoughts.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)