6 Best Pencil Coloring Pages Help Strengthen Child’s Finger Muscles
This is the place to find fun preschool coloring pages to assist you in promoting the development of fine motor skills. Teachers and parents utilize these pencil themed-coloring pages in the classroom and at home and find them quite useful in special education. This week we have been working on a few coloring activity to encourage pencil control for my 5 year old who has finally taken an interest in learning to write.
The aim of these pencil coloring pages is for the kids to keep their pencils within the thick color lines. Children need strong fine motor skills that involve the small muscles of the body to successfully learn to write letters and numbers and also grasping small objects. Once your child is able to hold the pencil correctly, practice tracing lines or maneuvering his pencil through narrow pathways will help him develop these important handwriting skills. The following pencil themed-coloring pages will challenge your child to complete a black and white picture by drawing a solid line from the starting picture to the ending picture with various colors.
Try these additional activities to strengthen your child’s ability to color his page accurately:
- Yellow and pink markers together make orange; blue and yellow markers become green when they are layered.
- Begin coloring pages in one direction. Encourage your child to color slowly and carefully, trying to stay within the lines. Remind your child that practice makes perfect. If his colored pencil crosses the line of the path when he first starts, let him know that this skill will take some time to master.
- Colored pencils and crayons are a fun way to practice coloring. Using darker colors like blue or red will make it easier for your child to see his line.
When your child demonstrates colored pencil control and confidence, he is ready to tackle the advanced coloring pages. As with the beginning pencil themed coloring pages, ask your child to first trace the path of the pictures. When your child picks up the colored pencil or crayons, remind him to move it slowly and deliberately along the path. You may want to copy the advanced coloring pages several times to give your child multiple opportunities to complete them. As he practices, he will gain control of the pencil and be able to see his progress.
A preschooler’s handwriting issues often stem from a difficulty with holding the pencil. There are a lot of coloring activities you can try at home that can help strengthen your child’s finger muscles and prep her for writing letters and numbers.
Afterward, practice your child’s pencil grip and develop her fine motor skills with these pencil themed coloring pages. Make sure you’re with her while she works so you can check if she’s holding the pencil correctly. On this coloring activity I have compiled the pages that are developmentally appropriate for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten kids.
Pre-kindergartners benefit from coloring activities that support the development of fine motor skills in their hands and fingers. Children should have strength and dexterity in their hands and fingers before being expected to master the daunting task of handwriting. Parents can help kids strengthen those muscles in the home by providing authentic, fun, and developmentally appropriate activities on a daily basis. This pencil themed coloring activities will support the development of appropriate pencil grasps when the child is ready.