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Giving coloring assignment to children is very easy for parents to do. Just give a piece of paper, set the time, and kids will color. Younger kids who still cannot hold the pencil properly might still need help and parents automatically will give assistance. However, some parents who feel that their children have already been able to control the pencil might think that all children would be happy to do the coloring work.
Unfortunately, not all children are going to be happy to do coloring work. When I was little, I just didn't like coloring. I did all of the coloring work just because my teachers and my parents asked me to do that. It is similar with copy working. Both of them are really boring for some people. We only have to repeat similar hand/finger movements for a lot of times. Our parents and our teachers might have suffered the same boredom when they had to do both activities in the past when they were children. However, why is the same activities are taught to the children and learners. I have been thinking for this and here there are
Benefits of Learning through Coloring
In the big picture, coloring activities in any subject of learning can give great benefits for learners.
- Training Patience
Not all people can enjoy coloring activities, including my young self. I always waited when the activities were going to finished or when the piece of paper is going to get full. I could color well, but I could not get the great result since I was very impatient. I can see similar attitudes with my sons. 2 of my sons are very impatience in coloring. Coloring really trains their patience.
- Training The Motoric Skills
For early childhood education, coloring is very useful to train the motor skills purposefully. Young aged learners will practice holding the pencils or tools properly. I don't have any scientific proof, but people said it influences the way brain works.
- Shaping Sensitivity towards Colors
Besides, coloring will build the aesthetic sense for learners to go better towards any real life matters that feature colors. There are many real life needs prioritizing the sensitivity towards colors. Arts is only one of them.
- Training The Visual Skills
Some people are visual learners. They can learn better using colorful things. By coloring, visual learners are accommodated to fulfil their demands in learning with colors.
Coloring Activities in Some Ways
When we mention coloring activities, we might think that the activities are aimed for younger children or children in the preschool/kindergarten grades. I also thought like that. In my opinion, coloring was children work. However, I found that coloring doesn't belong to little children only. Let's see some resources that older children and even adults would like to use to get deepen concept in some subjects by doing coloring work.
Science coloring can include the anatomy of the body, scientific diagramming, more detail models in science, the elements, scientific process, etc. Science coloring usually uses coloring pencils since this kind of work needs a more detail work. We don't need too advanced skills of coloring for this this kind of work, but being tidy and clean is very crucial. Color combination sense is not really important, but it will be an advantage. Here are some examples of science coloring books that you might check out.
Seasonal coloring focusing in the scenery object is very interesting and useful for learners to focus on the gradation, color mix, and some other technics. On the opposite of the scientific, being clean in clear in a perfect or nearly perfect is not really crucial. Color combination sense and better coloring techniques are the purposes of this activity. There is specific technics for certain coloring tools and media. Scenery coloring can be employed in any social subjects, such as history and geography. Here are some resources to practice:
- Country Scenes to Paint or Color (Dover Art Coloring Book)
- Old-Fashioned Farm Life Coloring Book: Nineteenth Century Activities on the Firestone Farm at Greenfield Village (Dover History Coloring Book)
- A Walk in the Woods (Dover Nature Coloring Book)
This pattern coloring is a mix of both science and scenery coloring the way that:
- It usually comes on details like the science coloring
- Color combination sense will be a great point, but the technique is not focused.
- Tidiness and details are emphasized.
The pattern coloring can be applied in Mathematics and also the social studies related with the classical arts resources.
Here are some pattern coloring you might check out:
- Pattern and Design Coloring Book (Volume 1)
- Mandala Design Coloring Book: Volume 1
- Creative Haven Paisley Mandalas Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
Single Object Coloring
There are some levels of single object coloring. Beside it is entertaining, it is usually aimed for making a poster and introducing vocabulary for younger children. We can combine to make a composition of groups of single object coloring. They can make a wonderful wallpaper and a bulletin board as well. Applying some coloring techniques will be an advantage, such as the gradation.
There might be a lot of coloring work types that I still have to cover. To conclude, we cannot underestimate coloring activities as we learning by coloring will make learners absorb the materials better toward some extend.