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3 Benefits of Coloring

May 25, 2023

3 Benefits of Coloring

Coloring isn't just for kids! This activity has benefits for whoever picks up that crayon, marker, or colored pencil - regardless of age.


Coloring requires us to pay attention to what we're doing. We have to actively select the color we want to use, and then apply it to the specific sections we have in mind. Whether or not we realize it, we are making a ton of decisions as we put color to paper.

Stress relief

In paying attention to what we're coloring, we refocus our efforts and energy to the task at hand - and away from whatever may be bothering us.

Sure, it may seem silly to sit down and color during a very stressful time, and we get that. But by giving your brain a break, it may just help you to make sense of what's going on.


Coloring can improve our hand-eye coordination. We need our brains and our hands to cooperate so that the colors end up where we intend them. Seems simple enough on the surface, but it does require our brains to exercise those connections. If we're not in the habit of being meticulous, which some coloring designs require, the practice will help to refine our coordination!