Bernadette Leroux May 29, 2020 Coloring Pages For Kids
Teachers call Effortless Art Crayons the great equalizer for students with a disability or fine motor delay, as they support students in participating in inclusive activities with their peers, such as art or coloring. With more positive experiences like these, comes more self-confidence. Coloring is also a naturally calming activity and lends itself to helping children regulate emotions and express feelings appropriately. But did you know of the other amazing benefits of coloring? I’m sure the OT’s reading this know! Here are three more benefits of coloring for children, and you will be amazed at just how important coloring is to a child’s motor development!
More specifically, they do this by increasing the brain’s level of attention, or stated differently, colors attract attention. In turn, the more attention is focused on a stimuli, the higher is the chance to be transferred to memory. Also, colors enhance memory through mental arousal, which was shown to be essential in keeping information in the memory system.
Paint some memories this summer, It’s so important for your child to not only experience art, but to use it as a jumping off point for other skills. Language, social skills, and fine motor skills can all be fostered in creating works of art together. Every child is an artist. Every child is born with the curiosity, imagination, and wonder to create beautiful masterpieces. From finger painting, to coloring, to sculpting, when children experience making something of their own, it brings a sense of pride and accomplishment. I know our son LOVES to do “projects”, as he calls them.
During learning, the mind and body are very intricately connected. Specifically, performing an action while simultaneously seeing improves memory of that fact. Coloring also provides this, killing two birds with one stone. During coloring, the eyes are visually stimulated through illustrations and colors while the brain is aroused from the hand gestures. The brain learns a lot better from a multimodal source of information.
When children color, they build up their fine motor skills, which in turn will lead to building up their endurance in completing writing tasks. Children can build up the small muscles in their hand when they color in small spaces, or make small movements, like circles. This lends itself to leading up to making strokes for letter formation and writing, and ultimately being able to sustain in a writing task.
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.
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