Springtime is finally here and we have a few free coloring sheets for you to enjoy with your little one, which are fun especially on a rainy afternoon. Coloring helps development in a variety of ways:
Coloring Helps Development of Skills
1. Improves fine motor skills
Gripping a crayon helps with the muscle development in hands, wrist and fingers allowing for greater dexterity and manipulation of objvetx.
2. Prepares them for school
At school, children will do many projects that involve coloring, paper and other creative media and getting them used to and enjoying coloring at a young age can help prepare them. Entering preschool children should know how to hold a writing tool, make drawings that start to have basic resemblance to the object and can describe to you what they are drawing.
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3. Stimulates creativity
Coloring helps with imagination. Free form coloring is great to give them the freedom to draw what they dream up. Even if there are images on coloring books or sheets, your child is still using their imagination and it is a great opportunity to ask about what is happening in the scene.
4. Color recognition and self expression
Crayons are great for recognizing, naming and eventually mixing to create new colors (red+blue = purple). Coloring is wonderful for self expression as your child decides what color(s) to use on which part of the page.
5. Spatial recognition
Your baby, toddler and preschooler won’t color within the lines, but they will start to visually learn about lines and shapes.
You’ll find Spring Coloring Sheets here for download. These are great at any age and can be used even as black and white cards for young babies as well as coloring sheets for older children (around 18 months they can start to hold a crayon).
A few suggestions:
Work on color recognition: discuss the colors they choose and talk to them about how colors mix together to make other colors (e.g. red+yellow=orange).
Work on imagination and vocabulary: make up a story up using these images and ask questions like “what does a rabbit eat.”
Practice counting: How many sheep are there? How many ducks are there?