Benefits of Colouring for Young Children
Sunday, 21 October 2012 11:58:30 pm Australia/Sydney
Benefits of COLOURING activities:
Some years ago, I used to think that colouring activities limit the creativity of children, especially young ones. I used to give my baby daughter a blank piece of paper with lotsa finger paints and crayons and stay as far away from colouring book as possible. I know some parents that sent their kids to colouring class! I used to frown upon the idea! But I've since learnt the benefits of colouring and I am a convert! haha, especially after I found MANDALA COLOURING SET and how it can be a right brain photographic memory training tools and mindfulness practise!!!!
Under 'VISUAL' category, we have recently added Colouring Books by Art Masters; Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Marc Chagall. I absolutely adore these colouring books as they are the perfect visual tools for introducing Art to young children. These colouring books are recommended for children age 6+. But personally, I would start exposing my kids to Art as early as possible and I bought a few for my 4 year old and she loves them, although some art and craft activities in the book do require adult help or older children.
When you google "the benefits of colouring for kids", there are all sorts of articles which are pretty convincing. Here are my favourite ones, which I believe are worth exploring:
1. By using different color combinations and coordination, children are able to differentiate between different images and colors. This is one of the first steps in learning and understanding about new colors.
2. It helps in developing coordination and motor skills of the children. They get to know how to hold and grip and how to control their hands while drawing.
3. With coloring, children are able to know their focus and limits. This characteristic comes to children by doing coloring within the lines. This way, the children get to know that doing coloring within the lines require some focus.
4. Sometime coloring is used as therapy because it helps in knowing the emotions of the children. If you want to know the underpinning issues of children then coloring can play an important role. Most of the children feel comfortable in expressing their ideas through coloring.
5. Colouring Pages showing new ideas and concepts are always a good idea. Beyond exposing young learners to new ideas and concepts, activity sheets featuring numbers and letters are always great for growing young minds.
6. Stimulates creativity – An outlined image provides enough scope to a child to think about the different combinations of colors he can use to give an enhanced look to the picture. He exercises his mind to image the desired look that his choice of colors will bring on the picture. As a result, he learns to rack his brains thereby stimulating his creative potential.
Here is an article about Colouring Mandala as a Meditation Technique and its benefit in children (by Cathy Wong / http://altmedicine.about.com/od/mindspiritandself/ss/mandala.htm ):
Although you may not have heard of the word mandala before, you already know what it is. Mandala means circle in Sanskrit. Circles are a powerful symbol found in every culture. We see them in halos, prayer wheels, and other religious symbols, architecture, and nature.
Mandalas are sacred circles that have been long been used to facilitate meditation in the Indian and Tibetan religions. People create and look at mandalas essentially to center the body and mind.
Mandalas are entering medicine as a healing tool. An increasing body of clinical trials suggests that meditation can boost the immune system, reduce stress, combat depression, reduce pain, lower blood pressure, and stimulate the release of melatonin, a hormone believed to slow cell aging and promote restful sleep.
Mandalas are not just something to look at or meditate on. There are now mandala coloring books. Coloring a mandala using pencil crayons, crayons, paint, or pastels combines the benefits of meditation and art therapy. People who color mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm and well-being. It's a simple tool that doesn't require any expertise, but it can be remarkably soothing and nourishing.
Mandalas not only focus your attention, but allow you to express your creative side, which many of us neglect in our daily lives. They can be particularly useful for: children - coloring mandalas can help children deal with emotions and cope with illness. Instead of verbalizing their feelings, many children express themselves through color and art. Psychologist Barbara Sourkes, PhD, has used mandalas with children at hospitals...
We have a couple of free printables colouring sheets to download and print for your children. We are updating and adding more to this soon. Meanwhile, try Mandala colouring set to improve your children photographic memory ability and Art Masters' colouring book. I feel that these are also useful tools for after-school-activities while I'm busy preparing supper. These calm them down and give me piece and quiet for a little bit. =)