Natalee Verdier December 6, 2019 Santa Claus
Because they don’t have the fine motor skills for it. Even adolescents color outside the lines. I can’t really vouch for kids since I’m not one, but kids are people, so I’m assuming that, given a children’s coloring book, they would color outside the lines too.
Most kids love to color, and it turns out it’s more than just a recreational activity. It can also foster physical and psychological development in a range of areas. Get your kids started with coloring as early as possible, and you’ll contribute to a lifetime of positive benefits.
The preschool community tells us that coloring books are not best-practice nor developmentally appropriate as children lose their creativity and feel inadequate to the artistic process since their work is not up to the artist’s level. BUT I do agree with your points above…all those things do happen while coloring. But as a preschool teacher, and a teacher-trainer, I am expected to teach my big students that they are not to give coloring pages as learning activities. But if parents want to offer them, why not? Funny thing is that my big students LOVE to color and I will occasionally offer them (high preschooler) coloring pages if they finish a test or project early.
I really like this concept, but I’m not sure how to use it to help my son. He’s in kindergarten and has coloring homework every weekend. He HATES it. During the week when he has writing worksheets he does those happily, but it’s like pulling teeth to get him to do four pretty simple coloring pages. His teacher says it is to help him develop hand strength and practice motor control, which I get. But she also “grades” on neatness. Any tips on how to shift this from a dreaded chore to something that will help his emotional well-being too?
Since tomorrow is National Coloring Book Day, today seems like a good day to talk about color by number exercises, and some of the principal benefits of color by number activities, and why they are good exercises to give to your kids, either at home or in a classroom setting. So here we go:
I could have seriously written this myself! And MAN do people get ready to fight when you come out against coloring books/coloring pages, huh? I’ve dealt with this for years…way back to when I learned all you said above in my child development classes in college (got my bachelor’s in child development.) They really pushed the NO coloring books/pages in my child development classes. I listened and took it to heart and my kids have not been raised with them and are amazingly creative. Not saying you are NOT creative if you use coloring books…but I do think they are not a positive thing. But I, like you, also didn’t make a huge deal of them either, at restaurants or when received as gifts.
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