Coloring may seem like a simple activity that doesn't hold a whole lot of value beyond being a time filler but there are actually many benefits to coloring for little ones and even helps prepare them for school. Here are some ways that coloring is advantageous for toddlers and preschoolers.
Strengthens Fine Motor Skills
Coloring is great for developing your child's fine motor skills. The grip on the crayon, along with the movements of coloring, works the hand muscles.
Even though it may be difficult to identify what your toddler is drawing, his imagination is almost certainly hard at work. Coloring is a very simple way to encourage your child's creativity!
Teaches Color Recognition
This is probably the most obvious of the benefits but spending some time coloring is a great way to work on color recognition with your child without making it seem like a "lesson".
Helps with Color Awareness
As you know, colors aren't always black and white. Color has different shades, hues, tints, and tones. Coloring is a great way to introduce your child to some of these concepts and for her to begin to recognize some of the differences. Like, light blue vs. dark blue!
Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
Particularly, if your child isn't working with a blank page coloring will help with hand-eye coordination.
The growing trend of adult coloring has certainly shown us that there is something therapeutic about coloring. This is true for children, as well. Coloring is great for a little relaxation and stress relief. It's the perfect activity to do when transitioning from being active to meal time or nap time!
Coloring with your child can encourage speech development. Talk about the colors, pictures and get your child to say things like, "I see...".
I think this is my favorite benefit! I love seeing how excited my son get over his coloring creations and how he wants to show anyone and everyone what he's done. Coloring is great for boosting your child's self-esteem and teaching him to take a sense of pride in a job well done.
I know that it can feel like coloring is a silly or meaningless activity to set your child down to do but, as you can see, there are many benefits... so bring on the crayons!