Application of coloring pages in the education process
Most of the kids love coloring pages – that’s a fact. Most children are not very eager to learn – that’s a fact number two. As we know well, learning through play is very effective. So maybe it’s a good idea to use coloring books in the education of young people?
As a parent, you probably know that coloring pages are very popular among kids. But it’s not very commonly known that coloring can also have a lot of educational values for the youngest.
They have a really impressive range of use. You can mention: unleashing creativity, increased self-esteem, higher self-confidence and development of many manual and intellectual abilities. So you can use coloring pages as a leisure time activity or as an educational tool. In other words, you can incorporate coloring books into both: your child’s entertainment and learning.
It’s pretty obvious that majority of the parents want to make education of their kids more interesting and effective. Coloring pages are an ideal tool for this purpose. They easily combine child’s natural curiosity with their creative inclinations. Appropriateness of using coloring pages in a classroom is supported by numerous research results.
For example, it has been already proven that most of the children learn far more effective when their three sensory centers are stimulated simultaneously. To make it easier to understand we can use an example. When a teacher in a classroom is explaining a task and writing on the board at the same time, a child has only two senses stimulated – visual and auditory. Such a stimulation creates only 1 active connection in the brain. But when you add for example any manual activity of children, this will create additionally also kinesthetic activity, as a result tripling the brain connections and making a learning process far more effective.
A child’s hand must be prepared for writing
You can’t learn much without the skill of writing. That’s why learning to write is one of the first skills learned at school. Coloring pages can be useful in this process by developing manual coordination. Children usually try hard to stay inside the lines while coloring. This effort activates both the logical and creative (left and right) hemisphere of a child’s brain and substantially improves hand-eye coordination. By doing this regularly, a child controls the hand movements more and more. Actions become precise and accurate. And that’s making a solid foundation for mastering handwriting.
A calm child is just a sweet dream? Not necessarily…
Many parents complain that their children have problems with concentration. At the same time, they do not associate this problem with how children spend their free time. And most often they play strongly stimulating games, watch dynamic movies on TV and YouTube, or listen to aggressive music. It’s difficult to train concentration and mental stability in such conditions. On the other hand, coloring just demands concentration and focus. Without this, the picture won’t be completed or the effects will be poor. And children, after all, like to do everything best, don’t they? Moreover, the mind of a child focused on coloring has strongly activated the frontal lobe of the brain. And this part of the brain is in action when we have to solve a problem and think deeply. When a child tries to match colors to a coherent whole, pays a great attention, and this slowly moves to the whole of his personality.
Raise a Renaissance man
You don’t have to be a scientist to guess that coloring books help children to identify and distinguish different shapes, colors, patterns and even perspectives. This builds a solid framework for mastering reading and mathematics. There is no doubt that good pattern recognition is strongly related to general intelligence and, to a slightly lesser extent, to social development.
However, these are still not all the advantages of coloring. Choosing colors and planning the final look of the picture requires a lot of creativity, logical thinking and memorizing. All these qualities help children help children to solve tasks encountered at school, as well as in later, adult life.
We are still waiting for the next Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci
Children like to chase perfection. No wonder, because that’s why they develop and learn something new every day. And coloring gives a deep sense of satisfaction. This is because coloring the image requires a lot of time and it’s virtually impossible to create two identical images. That makes it, undoubtedly, artistic work. So when your child finally completes his artistic work, this will increase his self-esteem and arouse a sense of pride. Then a child is more willing to take up other tasks and will unconsciously continue the process of his own development.
And for dessert – coloring has also been linked to the development cognitive skills and emotional stability.
As you can see there are really many benefits of using coloring pages in everyday life of a child. What’s more, it’s hard to find any significant disadvantages, even when someone will reach for them very often. It helps to develop many useful skills without the feeling of stress and coercion. It’s definitely a good idea to let children pick their favorite copies of coloring books. Let it not be too complicated. At least at the beginning, so that a child doesn’t get discouraged. And of course, rather avoid forcing him to move on to the next project unless he really wants to.
By completing each coloring page, your child will do a little step forward in positive self-development, boost imagination and gain more and more emotional stability.
And one more tip for the very end. You also grab the pencils. This way you can spend a truly quality time together.