By Sophia Hodgson. Coloring. At Friday, November 29th 2019, 12:26:10 PM.
For those looking for fun and clever ways to incorporate educational components, coloring and drawing both fit the bill. With younger kids, coloring can be done with packaged books and pages, matching their interests and abilities. As free-form coloring and drawing are introduced, kids nurture their creativity. In either case, learning can be introduced according to the child’s age and ability. For instance, kids can “Count the number of trains on the page” or “Name all the different animals in the picture.” You can focus on learning numbers, colors, geography, history, and even spelling. Similarly, parents can ask kids to draw a scene from their favorite book. Older topics can be introduced via drawing as kids mature, potentially even tapping interests in design, graphics, or architecture.
Don’t worry if your kid is coloring outside of the lines. Instead of criticizing, praise their effort. Teach them how to fill in spaces as well as how to do up and down strokes. Using complementary colors to give a picture a more vibrant appearance is another thing that you can teach your child.
Coloring helps to strengthen and develop the hand muscles, which helps later with activities such as lifting objects and typing.