Benefits of Coloring Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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. 

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Benefits of Coloring For Children with Free Printables

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:

CD Lion Art and Craft Activity 

CD Octopus Art and Craft Activity 

CD Cow Art and Craft Activity 

CD Giraffe Art and Craft Activity 

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:

Kitchen Tongs For Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development

Refrigerator Magnet for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development

Coin Bank for Toddlers’ Fine Motor Development

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.

Teacher’s Advice:

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.

Coloring Pages Free Printable

Free Coloring Pages for Children

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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Coloring Pages for Toddlers

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 Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

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56 Responses

  1. Hello, I liked the comments. Totally agree. Unfortunately there are strange things going on. Where I work we were told not to give any colouring pages to kids as we can kill their spontaneity and creativity. We’re only allowed to give them blank sheets for them to draw. No words for such foolishness. Some people shouldn’t run childcare centres…

    1. Hmmm… I agree with giving children blank sheets as they can come up with really original ideas and work of art. Buuutt… Giving them coloring pages won’t necessarily kill their spontaneity and creativity. Balance is the key to everything. 🙂 I have students who really enjoy working on coloring pages because it’s their way of relaxing. Doing something mechanical and not actively thinking is refreshing, right? I think we should give our students that choice.
      Thank you for reaching out. I enjoyed reading your comment. Happy learning!

  2. It’s always a good idea to spend some time practicing naming colors. I know, it sounds obvious but sometimes we miss what’s right in front of us! Name them as you use them so that when someone asks for one of those shades in an art project or game, they can easily find the right color for your work when coloring online on Varityskuvat!

  3. hank u soooooo much for your website. I have a hard time with the computer and your printables really helped me soooooo much. I cant thank u enough. I now have hope in getting organized. U r awesome.

  4. This is awesome! I’ve just pinned for later as my daughter has just started drawing more (shes only 2 so you can imagine) …. all over my walls, toys, chairs etc you know what I mean lol Your sheets are perfect for her!

    1. 🤣 We cab totally relate! My nephew would write and draw and color everywhere if given the chance. That is why we always have coloring pages available around the house. 😁 Thank you for saving this!

  5. One thing about toddlers is that they always try to get busy as time goes by. Thus, coloring would be a perfect activity that won’t tire them eventually. it is also good for building creativity as you say.

    1. Toddler years is the perfect time to introduce crayons. It can help develop their fine motor skills and at the same time it’s a new experience that they get to learn from. 😊

  6. I love coloring, even now that am adult. Back then, coloring is part of our discipline exercise – coloring and not crossing each lines is a challenge, but I made it!

    1. Congratulations! 😁 Coloring can be challenging for children especially becauae they are still developing their fine motor skills. But once you conquer it, you can be assured that you can do more things. 😁

  7. my elder girl like coloring. i let her be. give her colors and paper and let her draw what she want and let it color. i made a routine that everyday after school homework their will be coliring activity. coloring activity helps kids recognize colors fast and easily.

  8. Yes, Coloring activity is one of the best thing in my school time. I used to color books even I purchased a lot of coloring books from market. This helps in Hand And Eye Coordination. The other thing is focus. Focus is one important lesson that your children can learn from coloring. There are lots of benefits of coloring. Sharing your blog. Thanks for writing this article

    1. I agree. Coloring does help in developing focus. Having a long attention span can help children do better in all activities- both academic and non-academic. 😊 Thanks for dropping by and for sharing my post.

  9. I remember as I kid, I always loved to color. Even when I was growing, I still love it. But I had no idea that it could bring so much benefits!

  10. This is so helpful.
    My daughter is 2.5 years old and slowly I would like to start these activities with her.
    She loves playing with colours and this is something we can do together.

    1. I think so, too! At my age I still buy coloring books for myself. AlthoughI still like the ones for kids. The coloring books for adults are way too complicated for me. Too much details. 😱 Thanks for dropping by!

    1. Thank you! 😊 Coloring is really an awesome activity. It’s so simple yet it packs a lot of benefits for children. Hopefully more parents will be encouraged to make this activity part of their children’s daily routine. 😁

  11. My son loves colouring and as much as it can get messy at times, it’s so nice to see how much he learns and get’s excited finding out new things and objects.

  12. These coloring pages for kids are great! My youngest loves to color and it’s one of the activities I use to help him calm down before nap time. Thanks for sharing them!

    1. You’re welcome. 🙂 I really made these coloring pages for my nephew. Because most of the coloring pages in the market are too detailed. And at his age, he really doesn’t pay attention to those details.
      Thanks for dropping by! 😊

  13. I agree with every point you have mentioned for coloring for toddlers. Even I have seen many people adapt to this method, and the results which they are getting, are in their favour. Coloring rules!!!

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