Surprisingly, there is some controversy behind coloring as a pastime for our little ones. Some advocate for freeform drawing over coloring books. We believe both are valuable and that there are scientifically-backed benefits to coloring for young kids.
1. Coloring Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
2. Coloring can help with creative expression
Yes, even coloring within lines can help with your child’s creative expression. Think about a coloring page given out at an event—no two completed coloring pages are the same. Children can be creative with color, pressure, and medium.
A decades-old study found that children who are given complex coloring pages create more varied works of art themselves. So even when coloring within the lines, there is still a lot of room for creative expression and growth.
3. Coloring can offer relaxation and calm
Children today have much more exposure to stress-inducing material than ever before, with social media, TV, and mobile devices. Coloring at times can be a calming antidote to such intense stimulation and offer kids the benefit of relaxation and calm.
4. Coloring helps improve focus and attention
We’ve all been guilty of the mindless, focusless scroll. But coloring actually helps kids build their concentration muscles. Kids will have to concentrate on the lines, on the pressure of their coloring, and on the medium they choose to create the vision they have in mind for the coloring page.
Try a Hopscotch Girls Art Set
If you’re looking for a fun, engaging coloring activity for girls, we’ve got you covered. This ultimate Hopscotch Girls Super Book Set has some of our best selling books, designed to encourage girls to be confident, brave, strong, inquisitive and more. And a couple of fun sticker books too!
Check out more of our coloring books for girls in the Hopscotch Girls shop!