Published at Saturday, 11 May 2019. Color by Number. By Pierretta Paul.
Since tomorrow is National Coloring Book Day, today seems like a good day to talk about color by number exercises, and some of the principal benefits of color by number activities, and why they are good exercises to give to your kids, either at home or in a classroom setting. So here we go: Color by number exercises encourage creativity, But wait, you might say… color by number exercises give children defined colors and limits… why would this support creativity and imagination? Well, if you have children who don’t naturally want to draw or color, or feel timid doing so, color by number exercises offer a “safe zone” that kids can use to practice working with color and design. This can lead to future drawing, painting, or coloring activities.
Coloring will require basic hand-eye coordination skills, and color by number sheets will call upon specific concentration while children coordinate the number on the page with what color they actually need to use. These coloring diagrams will require that children color within specified areas with a predetermined color, and keeping the color within a defined area will help to develop hand and eye coordination. Children will learn to hold the marker, crayon, or colored pencil while controlling its movement in a way that will prevent the color from going beyond the outline.
Children see the benefit of finishing what they have started. This might sound so simple, but again, many children grow up not to know that it’s important to see things through to the end. In my experience, most children love finishing color by number worksheets since they would like to see what the picture would look like if colored entirely. According to research, it takes an average of two months to create a habit. Imagine using color by number worksheets in your classroom just to develop the skill of seeing things through to the end the whole year. That’s one life skill that your students will be able to benefit from long after they have left your classroom.
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