Coloring books are trending, especially for adults. As a child, we remember coloring flowers, cartoons, etc. Many scientists and psychologists claim that coloring books are relaxing and calm. True, it does have positive effects. On adults. But wait! What if coloring is a stressful job for children? Can we say no coloring books for children?
Knowing that coloring activity is widely popular with children, it always has been. It might sound foolish to say “Stressful” alongside coloring. Many studies do point out the amazing benefits it has on children.
When a child learns to draw inside the lines, they work on a set of eye-hand coordination, perceptual skill. There are also fine and gross motor skills. Attention building. Focus enhancement. A good list. No denial.
But what if there are more cons than pros expected?
Would you be surprised if your child would draw scenery with the sun rising from the triangular hills and a river flowing? Oh, also there is that house near the river.
Let’s assume that this creative art was passed with DNA.
Do you know Carl Jung, the Father of Modern Analytical Psychology, used to prescribe coloring to calm down his patients? The reason being it is a mindful activity. Coping strategies do improve with a regular structured coloring activity. There is repetition in patterns and brings out familiarity. Hence, a self-soothing technique.
Upon associating coloring books with early childhood development, is there a possibility of binding creativity?
Creating art should bring out a sense of accomplishment, boost self-esteem, and bring out thoughts creatively. If art is a form of expression, isn’t it unfair to judge?
Studies also reveal that coloring books do give a wrong message to kids. Like, “Mine doesn’t look good enough”, “Is this done right way?”. Plus, they tell some things should look in a certain way.
Creativity. Kids are forced to have a preconceived notion about the world.
Why color in a ready-to-color apple when you create one of your own? Draw a car, a house, a happy face or flow of hairpin turns. Maybe a castle.
Our children need blank papers and crayons to color. Let them create their masterpieces. Say no to coloring books for children.
If you want to give them more materials? Get them
- colored papers
- finger paints
- play dough
- paintbrushes, droppers, toothbrush, sprayer, kitchen tools, leaves, feathers
- newspaper and magazines
Children would eventually learn drawing inside the lines. But let’s give them ample time to reach that phase.
One of my last read books Flyaway Boy talk on the same ground of hindering freedom of expression with expectations.
Let the child scribble before filling the expected colors.