August 2 is National Coloring Book Day. Since the late 1800’s coloring books have been a favorite pastime for little ones. Beyond the fun, coloring helps improve fine motor skills, focus, and creativity. People of all ages can get in on the enjoyment and relaxation.
Coloring pages have long been included in early education programs because coloring is a prewriting skill. Developing hand strength, grasp, and coordination are all building blocks for letter formation. These abilities take time and practice to develop. Coloring helps by increasing dexterity and grip which will also be useful in everyday tasks like penmanship, typing, brushing hair, and tying shoes.
It’s easy to get absorbed in a coloring activity.
Parents and educators can use them as practice for sustained attentiveness. Encouraging kids to stay focused on one endeavor helps them build stamina to stick with increasingly challenging tasks. Coloring also aids in color recognition, visual perception, and spatial reasoning.
Coloring books can be used as an exercise for self-care and relaxation.
It is perfect activity for those who love art, but have a hard time starting or finding inspiration. Artistic self-expression is a way for us to convey emotions or feelings that can be hard to put into words. Coloring books are just the thing if you are looking for a calming hobby that allows for reflection and mindfulness.
Whether you host a coloring book party, print out free pages, or bring coloring books outside, this simple pursuit has many benefits and is easy to take anywhere you go. How will you celebrate National Coloring book day?
Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.