7 Benefits of Kids’ Coloring

Kids love to draw and, in particular, to color but did you know that this is more than just a case of having fun. There are a host of advantages to coloring and here are just 7 benefits of kids’ coloring:

7 Benefits of Kids' Coloring1. Improves handwriting. Manipulating a pencil requires both hand strength and dexterity and coloring is an ideal way to develop these. In turn, the ability to hold and use a pencil correctly will result in an improvement in your child’s handwriting.

2. Develops hand and eye coordination. When working with coloring pages, the child needs to add color to particular areas of a picture, and to keep these colors within defined boundaries. This, combined with the need to hold and manipulate a coloring pencil correctly, helps to develop hand and eye coordination.

3. Develops concentration. It is very important for a child to learn to concentrate on a task and coloring is an ideal way to get a child to focus attention on one specific task and develope the ability to concentrate.

4. Develops patience. Coloring more complex subjects can take a long time, but the ability to relax and focus on the task at hand helps your child to learn the value of patience.

5. Builds knowledge. Using coloring pages from a wide range of different themes helps to spark a childs curiosity, generate questions and build knowledge. In addition, a child will learn to recognize shape, form, patterns, perspective and color combinations.

6. Stimulates creativity. As your child learns the basic art of coloring he will begin to introduce variations to his coloring, drawn from the imaginary world that all children create in their minds. This creativity provides an excellent way for your child to express his personality.

7. Provides for self-expression. While many children express themselves verbally, others prefer to use art as a form of self-expression. The subjects your child chooses, and the colors he selects, can tell you a lot about how he is feeling and what he is thinking.

7 Benefits of Puzzle Solving

Solving puzzles is not just great fun, it can also be very good for you. Here are just 7 benefits of puzzle solving:

Seven Benefits of Puzzle Solving1. Improved Memory. Puzzle solving reinforces connections between brain cells, and indeed encourages the generation of new connections. This increases the speed at which you process thought.

2. Improved Visual-Spatial Reasoning. The ability to think in terms of pictures, rather than words, is an important skill and helps with many everyday tasks such as driving a car or packing items away for transportation or storage.

3. Increased IQ. Solving puzzles not only improves your memory and reasoning abilities, but also results in an increased IQ. Indeed, one study by a researcher from the University of Michigan found that spending less than thirty minutes a day solving puzzles increased IQ by four points.

4. Lowers Stress Levels. Although it may sound strange the brain changes from its normal “beta” (wakeful) state to an “alpha” (dream) state when we are solving puzzles. This results in several benefits including and inproved mood and lower level of stress.

5. Increased Educational Opportunities. You are never too old to learn and puzzle solving can help us to learn or develop a range skills in areas such as language, mathematics and research.

6. Increased productivity.
As stress levels drop and mood improves, we find it easier to concentrate and this, in turn, means that our productivity levels rise significantly. Many businesses recognize this fact and now provide employees with puzzles in their break rooms.

7. Delay the onset of Demetia and Alzheimer’s. It is vitally important that we keep our minds active throughout life and this is especially important in old age, where it is all too easy to let this slip. Puzzle solving can be an important tool in fighting dementia and alzheimer’s.

7 Fun Facts About Animals

There are literally hundreds of strange, interesting and fun facts about the animal kingdom, and here are just seven that I particularly like:

7 Fun Facts About Animals1. Dolphins use sonar to navigate. Dolphins have much better eyesight and hearing than humans and also have a highly developed biological sonar, or echolocation, as well as an ability to use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate.

2. The dinosaurs cannot return. Sadly for many the promise of Jurassic Park will not be realized in our lifetime. Although many dinosaur fossils have been found none contain viable DNA, and it is extremely unlikely that a viable sample of DNA will ever be found.

3. Orcas have their own culture. Ocras have an unusually large brain and the ability to learn local dialects (each pod of orca whales has its own unique language), to learn and then teach complicated methods of hunting and to pass on individual behavioral characteristic to other members of their pod. Like humans, orcas have developed their own culture.

4. The blobfish is the world’s ugliest animal. The blobfish recently became the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which also makes it, albeit unofficially, the world’s ugliest animal.

5. The great white shark remains a puzzle. Despite its notoriety, we know very little about the great white shark which leads a solitary life, swims great distances and is very difficult to observe. For example, scientist still have a number of unanswered questions about the shark’s reproductive habits.

6. Hibernation is not the same as sleep. When animals, such as bears, hibernate most people believe that they are simply have a long winter sleep. In fact, during hibernation animals decrease their physiological activity, by lowering their temperature and metabolic rate, and enter a state of what is known as torpor.

7. Snake charming is a myth. Famous throughout India, snake charmers use music to make snake dance for the entertainment of passers by. In reality the cobras traditionally used by snake charmers cannot hear the music being played and merely adopt a natural defensive stance at the sight of the snake charmer, and move in response to movement by the snake charmer, or his musical instrument.

These are just some of the many interesting and fun facts discovered by Ann Lawrence when she drew a upon a lifetime of experience to write The Animals Kids’ Books Series.

5 Health Benefits of Adult Coloring

Many people think that adult coloring simply provides an opportunity for escapism and a bit of fun. In reality however it is much more than that and it brings with it considerable emotional, intellectual and mental health benefits. Here we look at 7 significant benefits to be derived from adult coloring.

5 Health Benefits of Adult Coloring1. Provides relaxation and calming. More than one hundred years ago the Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, recognized the benefits of coloring as an alternative to meditation. He noticed that his patients relaxed and calmed down as they focused their attention on coloring a picture, rather than on troublesome thoughts.

2. Combats several emotional problems and mental health issues. An increasing number of people today suffer from an emotional or mental disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, stress, depression and much more. In all of these cases there is a focus on negative issues and, in many cases, on negative habits. Coloring helps to deflect negative thoughts and focus them on an activity which is both productive and safe.

3. Combats PTSD. A common problem with PTSD is a raised state of vigilance, worry and panic caused by excessive activity in that part of the brain which controls our “fight or flight” response. Focusing attention on the productive and harmless activity of coloring helps to reduce the “fight or flight” response and thus lower the sufferers level of worry and remove feelings of panic.

4. Evokes earlier and simpler times. Not surprisingly, coloring conjures up memories of childhood and of a time when we had few responsibilities and did things simply because we wanted to, for no reason other than for the pleasure they gave us. Tapping into childhood memories can be very cleansing and provide an extremely recuperative effect.

5. Improves intellectual ability. Coloring often intricate and detailed pictures exercises the frontal lobes of the brain, which are responsible for higher level activity including focus, concentration, organisation and problem solving. Although it may not be immediately obvious, many adult coloring tasks involve us in a balancing act as we work with complex color schemes to create a picture which is aesthetically pleasing.

While many people believe that adult coloring books are nothing more than a recent fad, which will probably fade with time, the reality is that they have been around for many years and are undoubtedly here to stay.

Yes, they are fun and a great way to pass a few hours, but they are also hugely beneficial to us in a whole host of ways which might never occur to us. So, if you have not yet tried adult coloring now would be an excellent time to give it a go. You might just surprise yourself.

Writing Books For Money

If you have ever thought about becoming an author then you are not alone. Literally millions of people every year conjure up a picture of life working from home writing books and earning enough money from their writing to support themselves and provide a lifestyle that friends and family would be envious of. Unfortunately, for most of these people this is nothing more than a dream – often a recurring dream that comes to them at several points throughout their life. Writing Books For MoneyHowever, for a few people, this dream turns into reality and they no longer have to simply imagine what life would be like earning a living from writing books, but can live that reality instead.

So, why do so many people merely dream about becoming a writer, instead of taking action to turn their dream into reality? There are of course many answers to this question, but perhaps the most common answer is that most people believe either that writing is a natural skill, which you have to be born with, or that it is a skill which requires education and many years of study to master. Of course it is true that some people are natural writers, and that others have indeed studied and practiced writing for many years to perfect their art. It is also true that there is a growing band of people making a living (and in some cases a small fortune) from writing – without any natural writing ability and with a minimum of learning.

When we talk about authors we think of names like J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, John Grisham, H. G. Wells, Martin Amis, Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer and others, and perhaps see ourselves rising to these dizzy heights within the writing world. In reality, while such authors are the ‘crème de la crème of their profession, they represent only a very tiny fraction of the number of successful authors who are earning a full-time living from their writing. Indeed, many successful writers names are never known to the public and their work exists only through their pen name (or pen names).

So, what is the secret to becoming a successful author today?

The answer lies in the title for this post – Writing Books for Money.

The aim is not to write another “War and Peace” or to be the #1 fiction book on the New York Times Best Seller List. The objective is to produce a number of books as quickly and as easily as you can and position them so that they each make a good, if not spectacular, amount of money. You may of course be lucky and write that best seller which makes your fortune, but that is not the goal. The secret is to produce several books, so that each produces a good amount of money and together they provide you with a very acceptable income.

WMC Publishing specializes in helping authors to reach their goal by following the model outlined here and we are pleased to say that we are enjoying a growing number of success stories. For example, Ann Lawrence has drawn on a lifetime of experience working with animals to write The Animal Kids’ Books Series starting with her extremely popular volume about Sea Turtles. Also, Sue Taylor-cox had called upon her love for coloring to produce a series of no fewer than 21 adult coloring books, beginning with her highly rated full-color introduction to coloring Flowers. These are just two of the growing number of authors which WMC Publishing is helping to achieve their goal of making a full-time living by writing books for money.