A heated debate rages between early childhood teachers: To color, or not to color?
Opponents of coloring pages argue they inhibit children’s creativity. As a non-conformist, I perfectly understand the criticism of coloring pages. This criticism is captured in the belittling idiom of “coloring inside the lines”.
However, I do on occasion use coloring pages with my students. I have my children work on them in consideration of the benefits coloring pages offer students toward building strength and coordination of fine-motor skills.
I personally came to understand the necessity for strength-training when I, for a short time, took-up mandala coloring as an adult pastime. It took a lot of strength to maintain coloring for a length of time- and I’m a grown woman! Certainly my three and four year olds need to build their strength and stamina for writing.
Coloring pages offer a fun opportunity to build and refine fine-motor skills. As you see in the picture below, they invite an amount of creativity as well.
What do you think? Do you let your children coloring pages? Leave a comment!