Coloring is back! While adult coloring books have exploded in popularity, kids of all ages can seriously benefit from coloring as well. Whether it’s improving motor skills or providing a creative outlet, coloring can help student’s physical and psychological development. The following are just a few of the benefits of coloring for kids.
Improves motor skills
Coloring can improve both gross and fine motor skills. Gripping a crayon, colored pencil, or marker helps children practice and improve their grip; this can lead to better and more legible handwriting. Likewise, the motion of coloring can increase muscle strength in the fingers, hands, and wrists. This can help improve performance in sports when throwing, catching, and gripping.
Whether they are coloring inside the lines or creating their own unique artwork, coloring stimulates creativity and encourages self-expression. Likewise, because there are no right and wrong answers in coloring, children feel free to take risks and experiment with color, lines, and movement in ways they might not otherwise get to express. Coloring can also improve critical thinking skills like planning as well as color recognition, boundaries, and spatial awareness.
Builds patience and focus
Sitting down to work on a single coloring sheet, whether it is from 2 or 20 minutes, can help children build their attention span and focus. Likewise, taking the time to finish one picture before moving on to the next helps to improve patience. This is an especially important skill for young children who are getting ready for school, where sitting still and completing assignments is an aspect of academic performance.
Adult coloring has become a popular stress-free relaxation method; however, children get the same stress relieving benefits from coloring. Having quiet time to work on a “no pressure” activity can have a calming effect on children of all ages. It can also be particularly beneficial for middle and high school students who have begun to experience academic stress. Likewise, drawing and coloring can be an emotional outlet for kids as they try to process feelings and emotions.