Benefits of kids coloring pages (with free printables!)

Did you know that kids coloring pages are great for entertainment and learning? Coloring has a range of benefits that help young children with their development. Continue reading to explore the benefits of kid’s coloring pages and how to find the best ones for your child.

The benefits of kids coloring pages

Even activities as simple as coloring can have great benefits for your child. Offering this activity can help them develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, relaxation, and promote creativity!

Child coloring
Benefits of kids coloring pages (with free printables!)

Fine motor skill development

Kids coloring pages can help develop fine motor skills, as it requires children to use their hands to grip a pencil or crayon and color within the lines.

Building on the fine motor skill areas, coloring can deepen a child’s endurance in completing writing tasks.  

The Occupational Therapy Toolbox

In the post linked above, the OT Toolbox suggests many coloring activities to help build your child’s hand strength. They suggest asking your child to draw a circle and color it in, to color on vertical surfaces like an easel, or using broken crayons to strengthen tripod grasp. Their post has lots of ideas, so I highly suggest giving it a read.

Hand-eye coordination

According to the Warren Center, coloring also helps with hand-eye coordination, as children need to coordinate their hand movements with what they see on the page. They are also developing their spacial reasoning as they work to fill in the shapes, follow lines, and create their own designs in there coloring pages.

A child coloring an image of an angry character with a red pencil crayon.
Benefits of kids coloring pages (with free printables!)

Relaxation

Coloring pictures is also a mindfulness activity! It can be a calming activity for kids, allowing them to focus on one task and tune out distractions. This can be particularly helpful for children who have trouble with anxiety or stress.

Stress-Free Kids say that coloring has the following calming benefits for kiddos:

  • Reduces anxiety and anger
  • Improves focus and increases joy
  • Gives children an opportunity to participate in. mindfulness practice
  • Mimics meditation and provides calmness

Creativity

This one may seem obvious, but coloring also allows children to express their creativity. They can choose which colors to use and how to fill in the spaces on the page and even add in their own drawings in the background.

By offering coloring sheets that inspire them to be creative, you can also stimulate interest in other arts like painting or drawing. At the same time, they are practicing art skills like color recognition, shading, and design.

How to find the best kids coloring pages for your little one

You can either buy a coloring book from a store or online or grab printable coloring pages and print them out at home. Personally, I prefer to print or make digital files since they’re more personalized and I can print multiple copies of the same one if needed! Check out our freebie printables below.

Choosing coloring pages

Here are some things to consider when picking out a coloring page for your child:

Consider the child’s age and interests: When selecting coloring pages for your child, it’s important to choose ones that are age-appropriate and that your child will enjoy. Little learners aren’t ready for intricate designs, and older kids may be bored by overly simplistic coloring pages.

Look for high-quality images: It’s also important to find well-designed coloring pages! This will make the coloring experience more enjoyable and allow your child to create a beautiful finished product.

Utilize online resources: There are many websites and online resources that offer free, printable coloring pages for kids. Just be sure to preview the pages before printing to ensure they are appropriate and of good quality.

Samples of the free printable kids coloring pages showing fire trucks, t-rex, and sunflowers.
Benefits of kids coloring pages (with free printables!)

Free coloring pages for all ages

We’ve got some kids free coloring pages suited for varying abilities and interests. Head over to the linked posts to download and print them!

  1. Fire truck coloring pages for kids
  2. T-Rex coloring pages for kids
  3. Sunflower coloring pages for kids

Creative coloring ideas

Do your little ones love coloring? Next time you bring out kids coloring pages, you can offer to teach them these fun coloring patterns!

Conclusion

In conclusion, coloring has numerous benefits for children. It can improve their fine motor skills, increase their focus and attention to detail, and even reduce stress and anxiety. It is a simple and enjoyable activity that can be easily incorporated into a child’s routine. So next time you are looking for a fun and educational activity for your child, consider grabbing some coloring pages. Not only will they have a great time, but they will also be reaping the numerous benefits that coloring has to offer.

Resources

Coloring isn’t the only way to boost your child’s learning, development, and creativity! Here are some other fun activities for little ones:

  • Crafts: From tissue paper butterflies to DIY rain gauges, learn how to make simple crafts with your kids.
  • Outdoor play and learning: See our favorite nature-inspired activities and outdoor learning ideas here.

References

The Many Benefits of Coloring with Crayons, by the OT Toolbox

Developmental benefits of coloring, by the Warren Center

9 Reasons Kids Calm Down Coloring, by Stress-Free Kids

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Elke Crosson
Elke Crosson

Elke Crosson has her BA in International Relations with a minor in Spanish at UBC (Okanagan). She is currently in her second year of the Master of Teaching program at the University of Toronto, with dreams of becoming an elementary-level teacher.

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