How often does your kid come to you with their adorable and engaging little doodles filled with lovely colors? Kids love coloring as it furnishes them with the ultimate freedom to explore. Just observe when it comes to their golden sky, pink grass, and blue sun! They surely are lovers of rebellion and relish in scribbling outside the lines and figures. Colouring is perhaps their first step in exploring and analyzing the world. However, there are a lot more benefits of coloring for children and it is not linked to only a preschool activity.
Similarly, coloring can be a great way for adults to increase their artistic skills and happiness quotient. Research suggests coloring for adults is a great way to achieve mindfulness and replace negative thoughts in our cutthroat fast-paced world.
Introduce your toddlers to coloring as soon as they start practicing their pincer grip. Let them draw their heart’s content all while promoting numerous benefits. The simple and fun activity not only provides off-screen engagement in our technology-driven world but also promotes healthy skill-building and development from an early age. Meanwhile, treat the kid inside you and escape the chaotic world by coloring your dynamic world. Having said that, let’s dive into the list of benefits of coloring for children.
- Benefits of Colouring for Children
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Benefits of Colouring for Children
There are numerous benefits of coloring for children. The familiar activity is well-proven in fostering physical, emotional, and psychological development. Along with stimulating creativity, it induces health benefits by reducing anxiety, anger, and irritability in children. Gradually, you may introduce them to different artforms and coloring tools. Explore crayons, oil pastels, pencil colors, and many more along the journey.
Develops Fine Motor Skills
Colouring requires a firm and steady grip. One of the prime reasons why coloring is introduced in the early years is because it demands developing a steady grip on the tools. In toddlers, muscles of fingers, hands, and wrists are developing. By introducing them to coloring or other such activities in early childhood we are promoting their motor skills development which will eventually support their day-to-day activities.
Strengthens Hand-Eye Coordination
The development of hand-eye coordination is necessary for early childhood itself for healthy adulthood. Children may avoid physical activities and have difficulty in learning and developing social skills if they lack coordination skills. Colouring promotes coordination by processing information from the eye (might be the color the child wants to fill in) and directing the hands to perform that task. The spatial awareness and requirement to fill the colors within the boundaries are also contributing to strengthening hand-eye coordination. Therefore, introducing coloring-based activities is a must in childhood.
Increases Concentration and Focus
Concentration and focus are close cousins and both are required for a healthy and successful personal and professional life. Colouring is a fun focus-building activity. Over time children’s concentration expands as they take more time in completing their masterpiece. Their coloring gets more intricate as they develop focus. Altogether, the prolonged fun activity promotes concentration and focus.
Provide your children with a relaxing and calm atmosphere while they are coloring. Simultaneously, encourage them to complete their art. Dissuade quitting and very soon, you will witness your child being more focused.
Encourages Creativity and Self-Expression
Why is the sun yellow and not pink? What color should your house be? How would you like your tree to be, big, small, green or yellow? Colouring induces lots of curiosity and creativity in young minds. They love being in control of their little world where they engage in self-expression and independence.
Your child consciously or subconsciously expresses their emotions in a safe environment. They spill their creativity and show their inclination or liking towards certain elements from an early age. Things and choices they make that might come as insignificant to us are very important for their development. Hence, drawing and coloring promote creativity, independence, and self-expression.
Promotes Awareness and Recognition
Colors introduce kids to a beautiful world. As they fill in varied colors to different, shapes and figures they become aware of the world around them. Gradually, they start recognizing different hues and shapes. The diverse opportunity makes them more aware and attentive. Children enjoy trying and blending different shades, therefore, prompting creativity and awareness. Let them mix and try different combinations and decide what looks good to them and what doesn’t.
Relieves Stress and Boosts Confidence
How do you feel when you complete a task on your to-do list? Confident, motivated, and relaxed, right? Similarly, children feel confident when they complete tasks. Therefore, encourage your children to complete the fun coloring tasks which will give them a sense of accomplishment. One shared benefit of coloring for children and adults is the ability to relieve stress. Children go through stressful times too and coloring is a healthy way to cope with negative emotions. Therefore, introduce your kids to coloring today itself and create a healthy space for them.
Instills Patience and Language Development
Try staying with your kid while they are curating their imagination on the color book. Talk to them, talk about the shapes, patterns, and figures they are filling in. Try helping them memorize the colors. This will not only help them in being patient while performing the task but also assist in language development. Children start learning from a young age, they will learn about the things you are speaking of which will boost their language development.
Podium’s Parting Words
Childhood is clearly more than keeping your kid engaged while you can perform your tasks. The simple yet fun activity of coloring is vital for growing minds. Having known the numerous benefits of coloring, you are all set to introduce your kids to the activity. Don’t be discouraged if your toddler ditches the crayons in a few moments, remember they are young and learning! Give them time and let this recreation work its magic.
Speaking of crayons and pastels, we would love for you to check out our recommendations for the best crayons for kids. Don’t forget to check out this beginner-friendly mini-guide on oil pastels, right here on Podium Blog’s Art archives.
For tips on positive parenting and how to raise your children to be creative and self-confident individuals, make sure you click on our Parenting archives. Stay tuned for more such updates on the myriad benefits of creative and performing arts, right here on Podium School- the new Neo-Academic revolution!
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