Developmental Benefits of Coloring

Coloring is a potent educational tool that stimulates the overall development of a child. It is an essential activity that improves the gross motor skills of child and boosts their mental growth.
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Oct. 6, 2011 - PRLog -- Coloring is a fun-activity for children of all age groups. It is a potent educational tool that stimulates the overall development of a child. Toddlers get introduced to the concept of through the scribbling activity. It involves giving them any color stick and making them use it aimlessly on a blank sheet. They also enjoy scribbling on newspapers, books, and even walls. The colored lines that appear as a result of their activity give them a sense of achievement.

Gradually, the art moves on the next stage where children color different images. These days lot of such books is available in the market. You can even select and print pages from online coloring websites. For greater involvement of a child, many such pages and books are based on a theme or style. For instance, cars, Mickey mouse, Superman, Barbie dolls, etc. are some of the themes.

Many websites also provide the option of online coloring. With the click of a button, a child selects from a spectrum of options available from the palette visible on the screen and starts coloring the desired area by moving the cursor on it.  It is a fun activity for all ages but also helps in the growth and development of the child.

Some of the developmental benefits of coloring are mentioned here:

Increases concentration – Coloring inadvertently makes your child focus on the activity he is doing. He needs to concentrate on the movement of his color stick and what result his coloring is leaving on the paper.

Develops gross-motor skills – The activity requires a child to coordinate their eyes and hands movement. They eventually learn to hold the pen and control its movement in a manner that the color does not go beyond the outline.

Introduces different colors – The brightness of colors fascinates a child. That is why, the introduction to different colors is taken up during early development years in schools. Making them color with the shade that is being introduced is an effective way of making a child identify and remember the color shade.

Stimulates creativity – An outlined image provides enough scope to a child to think about the different combinations of colors he can use to give an enhanced look to the picture. He exercises his mind to image the desired look that his choice of colors will bring on the picture. As a result, he learns to rack his brains thereby stimulating his creative potential.

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