Children’s Mental Health Awareness: Benefits of Coloring

By Carrie DeFields

In our Four Seasons’ Childcare rooms, one of the many activities we like to encourage is coloring. All ages are encouraged to color.  It doesn’t matter if they stay in the lines or scribble. Studies have found coloring to have many developmental benefits for any aged child as written in the link to the article below, “The Benefits of Coloring.” Studies are also now finding many benefits to adults who color as well.  “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness,” says Marygrace Berberian, a certified Art Therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU.

Rainy day? Sick kid? Stuck inside? Grab your coloring books, enjoy some family time and reap the benefits to coloring! We recommend these articles for learning about coloring:

Download your own coloring page now!

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Carrie DeFields is the Childcare Coordinator at Four Seasons. She’s been on staff for 9 months, but been a member of Four Seasons for over 16 years. She is a Michigan State University graduate with a degree in Elementary Education.  Outside of Four Seasons, Carrie loves to travel and spend time with her family…her husband, Chris and her 3 sons, Justin, 21, Jarrett, 19 and Jaden 17.