The Benefits Of Colouring
If you’re like me, you have colouring books that you enjoy colouring or you enjoy colouring with your children in their books. Either way, it is an essential part to their daily lives to colour, explore and imagine. When they colour, there are so many things they are learning! Their minds are expanding and so much more. My girls love to colour on a daily basis, and thanks to Great Pretenders, they made a wonderful list of great benefits for our children to colour.
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Benefits of Colouring For Children (and adults)
According to psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala when colouring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres. The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colours. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.
In the simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, our full attention is devoted to the activity and not on our worries.
Colouring is not mutually exclusive to any age group. Psychologist Antoni Martinez recommends colouring as a relaxation technique to adults. The trend has lately become popular among the adults and youth.
However, colouring’s true benefits start when you’re a child as it helps children to develop cognitively, psychologically and creatively. The following are some of the key benefits of coloring pages in kids’ psychology and development:
1. Improves Motor Skills
The act of colouring can help to improve motor skills in young children. The actions, motions and precise grip involved in coloring can aid in the development of muscles in the fingers, hands and wrist. Fine motor skill development can help children write more skillfully as well as use small objects.
2. Prepares Them for School
Children’s education takes place in a classroom with a fair amount of structure. The idea of colouring sheets, books, and pages can be integral in preparing kids for the more structured work on paper in later years.
3. Stimulates Creativity
Whether children stay in the lines or not, colouring fosters a creative spirit and an appreciation for visual differences. Colouring can stroke the imagination and inspire kids to brainstorm and learn to think of new ideas on their own.
4. Contributes to Better Handwriting
Dexterity, hand strength and attention to detail are all required to write both printed letters and cursive script. Starting out with colouring pages early can help to develop these qualities so that writing comes more easily and naturally.
5. Colour Awareness, Recognition and Discernment
The names and hues of colours must be learned. Colouring on colouring pages fosters practice and awareness of primary and common colors. It also fosters more nuanced color awareness of lesser-known, more subtle colors in a direct hands-on manner.
6. Improved Focus and Hand to Eye Coordination
Coordination and the ability to focus is just developing in young children, and undertaking activities to foster and strengthen this budding talent assists in efficient, healthy development. The act of holding crayons, choosing colors, implementing the color in the ideal spot and even sharpening crayons can all help with cultivating strong hand-eye coordination in youngsters.
7. Boundaries, Structure and Spatial Awareness
Adhering to boundaries is an important part of juvenile and adolescent development. Even if he or she becomes a renegade artist later in life, it benefits all children to start out knowing the rules before breaking away. Colouring sheets can help with anchoring a sense of structure and the need and benefit of having boundaries. Coloring also helps children to learn about lines, shapes, colours/hues, perspective, patterns and forms.
8. Improved Confidence and Self Esteem
The ability to complete a task successfully builds self esteem and confidence in young children. Colouring regularly and completing projects boosts a child’s sense of accomplishment and pride in themselves.
Every human being expresses themselves differently, and many children are visual in nature. Colouring is a fertile vehicle for self expression as children make color decisions and flesh out the boundaries of a coloring page, sheet or book.
10. Therapy and Stress Relief
Colouring is also calming and therapeutic for kids, especially if they have no other outlet for unpleasant or confusing emotions. Even kids who fall into the “norma” range of emotional health can benefit from processing their feelings, frustrations and emotions through the simple but profound act of coloring. 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.
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Sources: Huffington Post & ColourPsychology
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