I have to admit to ridiculing her for wanting such childish things; I wanted her to be normal. What I didnt realize is that her fondness for coloring and crayons is very normal. It just isnt what most teenage girls spend their time doing.
I joined her in coloring, using the time to tune into her instead of against her. I found that I enjoyed coloring once again. It did its work on me also. Along with bonding with my child, I also relaxed and enjoyed the calming effect that coloring had on me.
This new craze has gone beyond its use for doodling or a form of activity for relaxation, or an activity for the elderly. Hobbyists are finding this to be a fun activity and are using their finished art pieces in craft projects.
Take for example a coloring page that has a number one, along with a giraffe that is reminiscent of a number one in its shape. Your child will not only have fun coloring the number and animal, but their lesson will also include writing the number one and being introduced to a giraffe.
Applying color to the black and white pages of a coloring book, is creative, fun, relaxing and you get to create something to be proud of.
As already mentioned free coloring pages are a great way to teach your child all sorts of things, numbers for example. There are different ways this can be done, one way would be to simply have the number somewhere on the page, such as the number 10, and then somewhere else on the page would be an object or animal cleverly twisted into that number. There could also simply be 10 of something on the page, you can get your child to color the page in and then count out how many apples for example there are, which will obviously correspond to the number on the page.
The last benefit I would like to discuss, actually consists of two advantages. Coloring allows your childs creativity to blossom, but it also provides insight into a childs emotions, and often child psychologists will utilize this tool to learn more about a childs feelings or frame of mind at a particular time. This is another great benefit of coloring for children, it can help you to understand how exactly your child feels at any given time.
So what exactly are these numerous benefits to coloring pages? The following article will take you through some of the various benefits that can be had for your childs education and development thanks to these simple learning devices.
There are coloring books of every type available for a low price, plus there are pages on the web that you download for free. There are wonderful stained glass types of coloring books that you use colored pencils to color and then put the picture on a window facing the sun and the effect is truly fantastic. Every time you look at it you will re-capture the pleasure you had in creating your masterpiece.
I must admit that personally I bought into this concept hook, line and sinker. When my two older daughters were small, I colored with them, and enjoyed doing it. I never realized the calming effect it had on both the girls and me.