Preschool coloring pages as part of a preschool curriculum provides benefits which cannot be denied. Many parents operate under the false impression that preschool coloring pages somehow deny a child full creative development. That same train of thought would tell you not to give your children music lessons or they will never compose. Preschool coloring pages, though not the be all and end all of a creative school readiness program, should certainly remain a part of any program serious about training good learners.
When children color in the preschool coloring pages they are learning exactly what is expected of great art:
Coloring skills tell you that your child is ready to read. When the child draws shapes and names them for you a new level in cognitive development has been reached. Look carefully at the level of detail when your child draws and colors. How complete is the drawing? When he colors and draws, does he look to add the details, fingers, feet, toes, shoes, or apples on the tree?
In finishing preschool coloring page does she add her own special touches; adding a baseline for grass against a blue sky; or adding the sun in the corner; or creating designs on a coat or animal or outline where none were provided? Reading sometimes precedes penmanship, but if a child cannot self correct to stay reasonably within the lines, please do not subject him/her to penmanship drills (Rows of a's , b's and c's).
Even at a young age a child can begin to appreciate great art, and their own special artwork. Sharing wonderful paintings, beautiful scenery looking at the world with an artists view can begin at an early age. Preschool coloring pages provide a wonderful structure to make a great stepping stone on their path to creative development!