Margaux Masse May 9, 2020 Coloring Pages For Kids
Colors are a very effective and vivid way of interacting with our brains. Often people use extensive explanations and paragraphs to describe a particular situation or a topic. It seems as if words are sometimes simply inadequate to convey a message efficiently in a way that facilitates retention. It is as if the brain finds it difficult to assimilate it. However, by drawing a picture or a sketch, it automatically “speaks a thousand words”.
Remember how you felt when you opened up that brand new box of crayons? I’m sure you have fond memories of hours spent coloring and creating the perfect picture that eventually would find a spot of honor on the kitchen refrigerator for all to see and admire!. I know we can all easily see that coloring has incredible benefits for children, such as opportunities to express themselves and to inspire creativity. Coloring can be a social activity shared among friends.
Apart from Jung, psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala also states that coloring reduces activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain which controls the emotions we experience while under stress (4). In layman terms, it can be said that coloring enables us to focus solely on the creative activity and not on our worries. Stress and anxiety are two mental conditions which go hand in hand. So, de-stressing inadvertently helps in preventing anxiety attacks from taking place and also helps a person cope with negative emotions.
Learning anatomy with a coloring book will not solve all of your problems because there are several challenges associated with it. No-one is denying the fact that coloring anatomical structures is fun. You also learn, create relationships and memorize in the process. However, as easy as it sounds, transforming a white space between two lines into a yellow one requires time. It often requires a bigger input of time compared to the benefits it offers if a coloring book is the sole method of learning. The problem lies in the fact that it lacks sufficient explanations and details to help you learn and understand. For certain topics, the detailed text that follows each topic lacks the necessary medical knowledge for making you a competent physician or even lacks sufficient descriptions to help your understand.
Stimulates Both Cerebral Hemispheres, Apart from effectively combating stress and anxiety, picking up the crayons also stimulates both the left and right cerebral hemispheres of our brain. Gloria Martinez Ayala believes that coloring manages to trigger a number of regions in both the right and left hemispheres of our brain. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements].” says Ayala.
Coloring requires hand-eye coordination, as children need to coordinate their movements as they draw, make thick or thin strokes, and color in large or small spaces. Controlled movements are required for handwriting and proper letter formation. The key to helping your child prepare for handwriting is TO NOT PRACTICE HANDWRITING! Tasks like coloring are a perfect preparation for children’s muscles and motor skills.
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