I love coloring activities. And most children do, too! That’s why I made COLORING PAGES FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS for today’s Freebie Friday!
Coloring is considered a pre-academic skill. As a teacher, I have yet to meet a child who has not done coloring prior to going to school.
This activity brings a lot of benefits for children. That is why I highly recommend that parents introduce this activity before their children reach school age.
Benefits of Coloring for Children
1. Promotes Creativity and Imagination
I’m sure you have seen purple skies and pink grass when you last came out of your house. No? Well I guess you’ve seen that on your child’s latest coloring book.
I believe that is the beauty of this activity. Children are not bound to rules. They just use whatever color they like and apply it on the picture.
As a preschool teacher, I recommend that you just let your child color the way he/she likes it. As mush as possible, refrain from instructing what colors to use. Or worse, criticize them.
Instead, let them develop their creativity and imagination by giving them free reign on what colors to use.
Anyways, there’s plenty of time of them to follow rules when they grow up. For now, let’s just let them be creative.
Here are other simple activities that can help foster your child’s creativity:
2. Calming and Relaxing
The process of one’s fingers moving back and forth as one colors is calming. It doesn’t require much thinking- you just pick a color, after that everything is already mechanical.
That’s one of the reasons why teachers use this as a quiet time activity.
In that brief moment, when your child is so focused on coloring, notice that his/her breathing is calmer and even. This is especially true for preschoolers. Coloring helps them cool down after an exhausting or exciting activity.
Or when they are too excited for an upcoming event- say a trip, and they are too restless, I recommend coloring as a way to calm them down.
I promise, it works!
3. Develops Fine Motor Skills
Your child’s fingers, hand and wrist muscles get an exercise every time they color.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, colouring is a pre-academic skill. In this simple activity, they get to practice and develop proper grip.
With constant practice, I’m sure they won’t have a hard time positioning their hands properly when they start school.
You might want to read these articles for more fine motor skills activities:
Those are the top three benefits of colouring for children. Clearly, it is an activity that you should include in your child’s daily routine.
Let your child color the way he/she likes it. As mush as possible, refrain from instructing what colors to use. Or worse, criticize.
Ask your child to color when you want him/her to calm down.
For today’s Freebie Friday post, I have two sets of colouring pages that you can download and add to your child’s collection of coloring materials.
Set 1: Coloring Pages for Toddlers
The first set is great for toddlers. There are only two pictures in one page. There’s minimal detail on the pictures because toddlers don’t have much control of their hands yet. Expect that they will just swipe the crayon across the pictures and tadah! A Masterpiece!
Set 2: Coloring Pages for Preschoolers
The second set is recommended for older children or preschoolers. Since they have more control of their fine motor skills, this set of coloring pages have more details.
You will also notice that there is a page dedicated for each gender. I made it intentionally so your child can relate to the pictures better.
Notice the incomplete sentences at the bottom of the page? Your child can write his/her name on the blank to make it more personalized. So it’s like hitting two birds with one stone! Your child gets to color and practice writing his/her name, all in one page.
But wait! There’s more! If your child can already read, he/she can do that, too.
Here are the two sets of colouring pages. Choose the set that best complements your child’s coloring capability. Or just download all!
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