Behind the Colouring Competition
With all the technologies available today, colouring in activities are often forgotten about! Colouring in pictures may seem like a simple task but there are many benefits for children who engage in the act of colouring.
Fine Motor Development
Colouring provides an opportunity to practice holding a pencil the correct way and helps develop muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrist. This will then improve hand related fine motor skills such as handwriting. Writing takes strength and dexterity, and colouring helps exercise these muscles and will also support your child’s proper pencil grip.
Children’s length of concentration develops and improves over time and colouring requires good concentration. This type of focusing can help a child develop overall concentration levels.
Colouring in activities encourages colour awareness within children. Using different colours gives children the opportunity to explore colour combinations and they discover how they can change the appearance of the picture.
Colouring helps stimulate the creative centre of a child mind. Choosing colours, shapes, creating interpretations, and imagined stories are all happening when a child is colouring.
Hand & Eye Coordination
When watching and doing and coordinating all these actions, children are developing skill when colouring in. When children first begin colouring they will have difficulty colouring within the lines but like anything, as they practise they will get better. Staying within the lines takes considerable skill and when they master it they gain a sense of pride and achievement, which leads us to the last benefit.
Sense of Pride and Achievement
Creating the feeling of pride and achievement within children is an integral part of gaining self-confidence and a sense of self-worth. If they can create something that is aesthetically pleasing, then this will help in the positive development of their personality.
We are always interested in growth and are hoping to create a series of competitions that foster different areas of learning. Our colouring in competition has been a great success for all age groups. Our little cubs have amazed us with what they have created so far and can’t wait to see what else they achieve!
Stay tuned for the next competition! We will explore interpretation through freehand drawing by having a small picture that the children will freehand draw their view of that animal.