https://www.npr.org/2018/08/30/642607219/coloring-books-and-worksheets-whats-the-value-of-staying-in-the-lines Although I appreciated this very informative article, I took a bit of issue with the concluding paragraph. "Although no one will admit it, one of the main reasons for using these workbooks [with pictures to color] may well be that they give the classroom teacher a chance to have some rest." The article stresses the importance of non-prescribed coloring and art for enhanced development in children and deemphasizes the use of printed pictures to color. Although I agree with the author on the first point, I do find an importance in printed pictures especially in the classroom. When appropriate, I purposefully include pictures for the students to color. Pictures are a visual aide, part of the visual learning processing in the brain, and the kinesthetic act of coloring (especially with wax crayons) enhances the brain processing of the task's objective. A worksheet on phonics might include example pictures to color; this records the activity into more neurons. Same with a math worksheet, sometimes I include coloring. Even more importantly, some lessons are best taught with visual aides, such as geography, history, science; truly, a projected image on the Smartboard stimulates the brain, but the added kinesthetic activity of coloring a picture of the state bird, a minuteman, or detailed parts of the ear creates another strong learning environment. In another example of the use of prescribed pictures, my math curriculum related the new concepts in each chapter with a national park; each chapter, I would give the students a set of coloring pages (as an optional assignment) related to that park or the state where the park was located. Blank maps of the United States were also colored, with the challenge of not allowing two states with the same color to touch each other. There is a place for free expression in art, but there is a place for prescribed coloring also. We wouldn't require students to create their own books when visiting the library. Although we do encourage story and essay writing, there is an important place for books already printed. The same is true for the learning from coloring. There is an important place for prescribed pictures to color within classroom learning.