10 Benefits of Coloring Pages for Kids’ Psychology and Development

There’s a simple activity that helps children to develop cognitively, psychologically and creatively: coloring. They love to do it anyway, and it could lead to a healthier, happier life in adolescence and into adulthood. The following are some of the key benefits of coloring pages in kids’ psychology and development:

1. Improves Motor Skills

The act of coloring can help to improve motor skills in young children. The actions, motions and precise grip involved in coloring can aid in the development of the muscles of the fingers, hands and wrist. Fine motor skill development can help children write more skillfully as well as manipulate small objects. They can then build on these skills to become better typists and more adept in sports and other activities.

2. Prepares Them for School

Children’s education takes place in a classroom with a fair amount of structure. Lessons are issued on paper via assignments, tests and other written course work. Coloring sheets, books and pages can be integral in preparing kids for the more structured work on paper ahead of them.

3. Stimulates Creativity

Whether they stay in the lines or not, coloring fosters a creative spirit and an appreciation for visual differences. Coloring can stoke the imagination and inspire kids to brainstorm and learn to think of new ideas on their own naturally.

4. Contributes to Better Handwriting

Dexterity, hand strength and attention to detail are all required to write both printed letters and cursive script. Starting out with coloring pages early can help to develop these qualities so that writing comes more easily and naturally.

5. Color Awareness, Recognition and Discernment

The names and hues of colors must be learned, and coloring on coloring pages fosters practice and awareness of primary and common colors as well as more nuanced color awareness of lesser-known, more subtle colors in a direct hands-on manner.

6. Improved Focus and Hand to Eye Coordination

Coordination and the ability to focus is just developing in young children, and undertaking activities to foster and strengthen this budding talent assists in efficient, healthy development. The act of holding crayons, choosing colors, implementing the color in the ideal spot and even sharpening crayons can all help with cultivating strong hand-eye coordination in youngsters.

7. Boundaries, Structure and Spatial Awareness

Adhering to boundaries is an important part of juvenile and adolescent development. Even if he or she becomes a renegade artist later in life, it benefits all children to start out knowing the rules before breaking away. Coloring sheets can help with anchoring a sense of structure and the need and benefit of having boundaries. Coloring also helps children to learn about lines, shapes, colors/hues, perspective, patterns and forms.

8. Improved Confidence and Self Esteem

The ability to complete a task successfully builds self esteem and confidence in young children. Coloring regularly and completing projects boosts a child’s sense of accomplishment and pride in themselves.

9. Self-Expression

Every human being expresses themselves differently, and many children are visual in nature. Coloring is a fertile vehicle for self expression as children make color decisions and flesh out the boundaries of a coloring page, sheet or book.

10. Therapy and Stress Relief

Coloring is also calming and therapeutic for kids, especially if they have no other outlet for unpleasant or confusing emotions. Even kids who fall into the “normal” range of emotional health can benefit from processing their feelings, frustrations and emotions though the simple but profound act of coloring.

Most kids love to color, and it turns out it’s more than just a recreational activity. It can also foster physical and psychological development in a range of areas. Get your kids started with coloring as early as possible, and you’ll contribute to a lifetime of positive benefits.

Also check: Free Printable Color by Number Coloring Pages for Preschool Kids

  1. This article is great and benefits of coloring are also many. But I know one thing for sure from my personal experience is that coloring is very natural to kids, they just love coloring even when they can’t write.

  2. Thanks for the wonderful article. I really loved what you said about how coloring is a great way for children to express themselves, and can help them express themselves better in their lives. My sister has been looking for different activities for her children to do. If coloring could help them develop in all the ways you mentioned, it would definitely make sense to look into getting some fun coloring books for the kids.

  3. Yapp, Coloring is a great activity for children. It offers them an opportunity to express their creativity while mastering fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and a host of other things.

  4. Thank You for this article, I work in the childcare industry and although I mainly look after the school age children, this has become a huge debate at work recently…..
    My director and 2 IC, are both Kiwi’s and are very much against coloring templates.
    Whilst my school aged children are not permitted to do this every day, they ask daily for it. I am fighting an uphill battle to try and explain why it is good for them as they think it stops their creativity and willingness to learn to draw.
    Any other information on this would be appreciated.
    Thanks so much.

    1. Tracy,
      I would suggest that you try to strike an agreement with them. You could suggest having both coloring in pages and generalised painting/art (50/50). This way they can reap the benefits of coloring in addressed above while still having what your director and others believe to be free creativity.
      I wish you luck as coloring is truly important for children’s development and should be a part of their learning experience.

      1. Hello, I had not thought about this for a while, having just become a grandmother at a fairly old (70) age. Both my daughters just put a piece of paper in front of their 3 yr. old and 16 month old kids. I love it when I get a free hand coloring from my 3 yr old granddaughter. The little guy is all over a big piece of paper, which is great but that daughter is not sending random scribbles to me yet, as the piece of paper would not fit in an envelope.
        But, my thoughts are let children free hand at home. When they start kindergarten there will undoubtedly be photocopied pictures put in front of them sometime, maybe not till first. But for now, I personally think that just letting them flourish on paper on their own is fine. They will have really fine motor skills by the time a ‘stay in the lines’ image is put in front of them.
        As I sit at my computer, I am looking at a pastel my younger daughter created in perhaps first or second grade. It has three eyes, three noses, one large mouth and the
        warthog (her nomenclature) at the time is a body of purple, a torso of green, and very large ears on the head. She had been calling older sister ‘Warthog’ whenever she perceived her older sister as being unkind. (not likely in reality!)
        It seems to me that ‘staying in the lines’ too early inhibits the creativity of the child. Thank you.

  5. Hi, I am pro children’s coloring but many in the UK early years aren’t keen, please could you advise on any formal research/theories that I can direct colleagues too. Many Thanks

  6. Coloring pages help also children (preschools) to learn a lot of useful topics such as: words, animals, colors, numbers …

  7. coloring is a great activity for the children. It develops their art skills and harmonizes their feelings/emotions. But in the case of patterned coloring such as coloring books, i agree what the theorist Lowenfelds said that it restricts and hinders the creativity of the child. It limits his/her idea on the particular lines and there will be higher expectations since it must be perfect same what the book has. As early childhood teacher, a blank white paper and crayons will be best to bring out the inner and inborn talent and creativity from the child.

  8. I would also be interested in the citations for this research. There are many opposing studies to this and that coloring pages actually result in negative impacts. If coloring pages are being used to foster fine motor skills, etc. there are many alternative options that are of higher quality and more developmentally appropriate – even blank paper. I’m am looking forward to learning more about the research behind your perspective.

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