Published at Wednesday, November 13th 2019. by Fabienne Fischer in Coloring Pages.
Don’t miss the chance to color with your kids! Show them different techniques they may want to check out, but don’t insist on them staying inside the lines. Offer ideas to try like filling in large areas by going all one direction for a very smooth effect… or intentionally filling in those bigger spaces with controlled but lines for a totally different result! Another idea is to outline an area by pressing hard to get a darker outline, then filling in that shape by pressing lighter.
When a child has to “wait” for any reason (like waiting for dinner, for an appointment, or for you to be ready to leave the house!), suggest coloring as a way to pass the time. When kids complain of being “bored”…. encourage coloring!
Promotes social interaction. Coloring with others and sharing your latest projects keeps you socially active and engaged with others; plus, it’s a great activity to enjoy with your grandchildren!
Improves mood. As you start to relax when you color, your mood will improve and help you become more worry-free, even if only for a little while.
Because the activity of coloring creates such focused attention, it allows kids to become totally immersed in the present moment, rather than rehearsing negative events of the past or worrying about things in the future. It develops patience and promotes mindfulness…. two qualities we can all use more of!
To be fair, I need to mention the argument against coloring…. some believe (strongly!) that coloring stifles imagination in kids. They argue that it’s better for kids to create their own art than to color in someone else’s drawings. But one does not have to be exclusive of the other! I vote in favor of coloring in addition to having plenty of opportunities for artistic expression. There are times when creating art can involve more decisions and problem-solving than a child is mentally or emotionally up for making. As a stress-reducing outlet, coloring promotes a peaceful meditative state where no decisions need to be made other than choosing pleasing colors. And sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered!
According to Femi Olivia in his book Playing Happy doodles, fall coloring pages is a form of creativity, where children are invited to give one or a few scratches on the color of a shape or pattern images, creating an artistic creation. There are many benefits of coloring for children, namely: Train children recognize colors and color names. Train children to choose the color combinations and help children to learn harmony and balance color. Stimulation of imagination stimulates creativity. Train on the object so that children understand the details of objects to be colored before they color.
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