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Coloring is a traditional activity of children of all ages When I was a child I loved to color Sometimes still when I get bored I will pick up a crayon and a coloring book Its almost a therapy just a few minutes to relax and do something useless Coloring holds a certain freedom also Ducks can be blue and the sunshine green Coloring is a point of expression especially for a young child It represents the acknowledgement of colors the ability to identify objects or animals and understanding of diversity I learned to color at a very young age and I now consider myself an expert but not an artist Coloring although seeming easy to an adult is very difficult for children to learn First a child must pick what picture they want to color or what object they will draw This is a very important step because it involves the child making decisions a skill they will need everyday Once this is determined they must choose objects to draw or a picture to color For me it always depended on a mood or my interests I went through a stage of only drawing people and then animals which then led to putting people and animals in houses When I colored in a coloring book it had to be something I was obsessed with A favorite cartoon or movie character may appeal to a child because they are familiar with it and like it When I colored I would fill an entire coloring book if it were the cartoon of the time The next step is to pick what a child will be drawing with Usually for younger children crayons are safest they are non-toxic and clean off things easily Colored pencils and markers should be withheld for the older kids As a child does get older they learn the difference between the three materials and the different quality that is achieved while
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