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Animal Coloring Pages

Animal Coloring Pages

Animal Coloring Pages
The “forgotten” art of coloring is making a comeback. The benefits of coloring have been all over the news and internet recently. Studies have even been conducted that prove the numerous benefits of coloring for children and even for adults. There have even been infomercials for adult coloring books, touting their therapeutic benefits.
For children, the benefits of coloring go far beyond artistic endeavors and help them develop skills they will need in all areas of their lives. The simple act of holding a crayon to color helps develop the hand strength that will be necessary when they begin learning to write. Putting the crayon to the paper, making the back and forth motions, and filling in the lines with color helps develop hand and eye coordination and fine motor skills that will also be needed when learning to write. This simple, creative act also teaches children relaxation and patience. Coloring has these same benefits for adults. The repetitive motion of coloring has been proven in studies to relax the mind and body, lower stress levels, and lower blood pressure. Patience is learned in beginning a color page and watching the progress to completion. One of the most important lessons coloring can teach is focus. It takes focus to color in each individual section of a coloring page, to stay within the lines, and to work on the page to completion. Staying within the lines also teaches children spatial relationships and boundaries that will be necessary for writing.
To make children want to color, the coloring page itself needs to be something that interests them, something they enjoy. Something all children love is animals and there are many realistic animal coloring pages available online for free. The website http://www.onlycoloringpages.com/animal_coloring_pages has an amazing selection of animal coloring pages. Not only are they very realistic, there are multiple coloring pages available for each animal. (There are 10 choices for a sloth alone.) This can also be an educational tool, showing the many varieties of each animal. Realistic coloring pages allow children to identify with things that are a part of their world. If a child has the opportunity to go to a zoo and see the animals and is then given the chance to find some animal coloring pages to print, not only are they getting all of the numerous benefits of coloring, they have helped in going online and finding the animal coloring pages in PDF, and they have a cheap, creative souvenir of their trip that they make themselves. Allowing children to color pictures of things that interest them and that they like, makes them more inclined to want to pick up their crayons or colored pencils.
So on the next rainy day when your child is bored, if your child is feeling anxious or agitated about something, or if you want to help them create a memory of something you have done together, go online, find some animal coloring pages to print, and have a fun time together. The relaxation benefits aren’t just for children!

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How are children benefitted by coloring pages?
Children will be spending most of their time inside the house as it becomes too chilly to venture outside. Sitting at home an idle brain will eventually become a devil’s workshop. So to stop it parents can plan activities that will keep the children entertained and educate them at the same time. Activities like story telling, cartoon movies teaching moral values and coloring pages will help children think and shape their young minds as well. Coloring pages is the simplest of activities to activate a child’s imagination and make him think about his choices. Children can color pages on their own choosing colors of their own choice which means that they actually imagine the color on the paper before picking the crayon or brush to color the page. This activates their creative and mental ability to imagine a thing before finishing it.
Why chose Coloring Pages?
Give the child a toy and he will break it, give the child a riding toy and he might crash it. Coloring pages has many benefits because it keeps the child confined to a single space and keeps him busy. At the same time the child is also learning to draw and color. Coloring pages has been scientifically proven to have helped children to learn to focus and concentrate on a single activity for longer period which slowly calms down the hyperactivity of the brain. Children with ADHD disorder have benefitted from this activity a lot. As explained before, coloring pages activates the imaginative part of the brain and the child consciously makes choices with what colors need to be used to complete his picture. Here the child learns to choose colors by logic when parents help him by saying that the color of the sky is usually blue. The child will then color the sky blue after recording the fact that he has seen the sky in blue color everyday. So a sense of logic is imbedded in the thinking process. Coloring pages can also be a group activity with children learning to share their colors and ideas with each other. This enables them to socialize and share with each other easily.
What types of Coloring Pages are available?
The traditional way of learning to color pages was to draw and then color however in this day and age children have drawing books with pre-drawn pictures that they can color. Another option is to print coloring pages from websites that offer free coloring pages to be downloaded. This option is better because one can find a range of pictures of every category suitable for kids of all ages from 1 to 12 years. There are pictures of famous cartoons like Mickey Mouse, action heroes like Superman, fairies and villains, landscape paintings and even Alphabets for toddlers to color. It costs nothing and choices are plenty. They also make great holiday gifts. So this season make sure the kids use sometime to let their creative juices flow and color pages for fun. After having finished the coloring task make sure to take a photo when your child proudly displays his artistic work to you.
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