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Young children are mesmerized by colors, so what better way to jump-start their education than through our coloring pages? Print them out and let your child use them as a canvas to bring cute characters and vibrant scenes to life. For the little ones, there are color-by-number, connect-the-dots, and tracing activities—all of which also assist in motor skill development—while older kids will have a blast using crayons to identify sight words, complete basic math problems, and learn about animal life cycles.
Challenge your first grader by having her connect the dots from 1 to 50 to complete the picture of the friendly lion.
Explore the Many Benefits of Coloring Pages While young kids view coloring pages as nothing more than a fun activity, parents understand there are numerous benefits beyond just passing the time. Coloring pages help kids learn their colors, inspire their artistic creativity, and sharpen motor skills.
Just as important, coloring also can help parents keep tabs on their child’s psychological state of mind. For instance, if a 4-year-old chooses to use a lot of dark crayons to color an otherwise vibrant image, it might be a sign that he’s feeling down.
Or if he keeps an overly strong grip on a crayon or uses excessively harsh strokes on the page, he might be angry about something. One way to better understand what’s on your child’s mind is to find a location in the house that’s free of distractions and color a page alongside him.
As he focuses on his creation and sees you working on yours, casually inquire about his thoughts. There’s a good chance he’ll open up without even realizing it. Finally, from an early education standpoint, parents can use coloring pages work on phonics and letter recognition—like using a blue crayon to color all the objects that start with C and a green crayon to color those that end with T.
Featuring simple addition problems and adorable sea creatures, this color by sum sheet is sure to entertain your child as he gets essential math practice.
Does your child want a snow globe of her own? This snow globe coloring page is a great substitute!
Butterflies are one of the most amazing and beautiful insects, and now they can even teach counting, too.
This Life Learning worksheet will help your student learn how to dress for winter weather.
Seek out all the things that start with S sounds in this picture. This is a sensational way for preschoolers to learn concepts they’ll need for kindergarten!
This dino connect the dots has the alphabet for kids to practice their lower case letters and fine motor skills.
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Help your first grader practice sounding out short vowels with a fun coloring activity.
1) Self expression – coloring on a blank “canvas” (piece of paper), is a way for children and adults alike to express themselves. You can tell a lot about the way a person is feeling by the images that they draw, the colors that they use, etc. It is important to give children a chance to express themselves, and not all children express themselves through words and through writing, many use art.2) Color recognition3) Therapy – for many people (myself included) coloring is therapeutic. Regardless of whether it’s scribbling, or coloring the “best picture ever”, coloring can be a way to de-stress, after a busy morning of school work, wind down, and calm down, after the stresses of a day at school or work.4) Grip/Control – many children learn how to hold a pencil, pen, marker, or colored pencil, by first learning how to hold a crayon. The small muscles needed for penmanship later begin to be developed while coloring.5) Coordination6) Building motor skills7) Focus – Paying attention to a single task for a length of time is necessary for coloring and for all sorts of things throughout one’s life.8) Boundaries – Another thing that children learn from coloring pages, with preprinted pictures on them, is how to accept boundaries. While a toddler or preschooler might scribble all over a coloring sheet, with no respect for the boundaries (lines on the coloring page), as the child gets older, they will begin to respect those lines, and make an effort to color between them. While I encourage blank paper coloring for free expression as often as possible, for many preschoolers pre-printed coloring pages are their first exposure to printed boundaries. This early exposure to boundaries in print, will be a huge help when handwriting time comes around, and the child has to respect the boundaries of the preprinted handwriting lines on the paper.9) Milestone – This is the last little “importance” of coloring that I will mention for now, and that is that coloring in the lines is a milestone, a sense of accomplishment, the first step towards a successful academic career for many children. For many children coloring in the lines is just as important as counting to 10, counting to 100, reciting the alphabet, learning the multiplication facts, and so forth. It’s a milestone that says “yes I can” do whatever I come across, and it provides children with pride, a sense of self worth, and helps them to feel accepted in a society that is often quick to judge, and slow to respond. This sense of accomplishment will carry them through life, and help them not to give up so easily, when something new comes along.
A twist on the typical color-by-number, this color-by-shape choo-choo activity is sure to be a blast!
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Celebrate Black History Month with this coloring page dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most important figures in Civil Rights history!
The holiday season is here! Bring this cool snowman to life by coloring him according to the color chart.
Color in the cupcakes on the left side of the worksheet, count the number of cupcakes in each row, then match them up with the correct number on the right.
Blast off to discover new sight words in this fun color by word activity.
This Martin Luther King, Jr. coloring page features the most famous and most influential civil rights activist himself!
I spy with my little eye… a giant octopus! Help him and his ocean friends find the hidden objects in the picture.
Count the number of raindrops in each row of the worksheet. Then draw a line to match each row of raindrops with the correct number on the right side.
Engage your child’s imagination with this pretty mermaid coloring page. It features a mermaid relaxing on a rock and enjoying the bright sunny day.
Dr. Martin Luther King fought for the civil freedoms of all people during the Civil Rights Movement, and his birthday is a celebration of those freedoms.
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Here’s a way to get your kid salivating for some healthy treats–a delicious fruit color by number page.
Here’s a fun way to teach kids their colors and boost fine motor skills to boot–a fun rainbow color by number sheet!
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Here’s a worksheet that’s packed full of fun fine motor skills practice. Kids trace a variety of shapes, then brighten them up with some color.
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Kids are sure to have a blast coloring their favorite nursery rhyme characters, and practicing counting from 1 to 10 while they’re at it.
This Martin Luther King, Jr. coloring page will help preschoolers celebrate this American hero! Add color to the mandala featuring his image and famous words.
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