One of the benefits of coloring pages teaching children to identify different colors. While every child should know the basic red, green, blue, pink, yellow, the common colors, there is good reason to teach them the names of more obscure hues. Recent research shows that vocabulary helps people tell colors apart. Comparing different linguistic groups scientists have shown that if a language does not have a name for a color then the speaker has a more difficult time differentiating similar shades of color. If a child is never taught to be able to recognize the difference between brilliant white and eggshell (or rose and pink, fuchsia and red, etc.) then as adult they may never be able to tell the two apart. So discussing and pointing out the subtle differences among the big box of crayons is really an important cognitive opportunity.
Knowing The Names Of Colors
There is another important aspect of teaching colors that all parents should be aware of. A recent study in Scientific American Magazine shows that the placement of descriptive adjective describing the color makes a big difference in helping kids understanding. For example in the English language we would say the "red crayon" and it turns out this is much harder for children's brains to grasp then the linguistic structure used in many other languages like Spanish, which would be said as the "crayon is red. " When teaching colors or any other important property to young children, always first identify the object, then identify the property. While every day English is not spoken in this manner, and it is faster to speak or write, young brains cannot process information in this manner effectively.
Educational Content of Activity Pages
Further consideration should be given to the actual subject matter depicted on the coloring page it self. While kids may be happy coloring an image of any old princess or animal, whenever possible adults should choose activity pages for their educational value. Pages showing new ideas and concepts are always a good idea. Beyond exposing young learners to new ideas and concepts, activity sheets featuring numbers and letters are always great for growing young minds.