Many coloring pages also come with activities: connect dot to dots, match the pairs, find the items out of place in the picture, count how many green umbrellas on the picture, in this labyrinth find the way that will help the fireman get the kitty out of the tree and many others. These are all examples of the everyday things children can learn from simple coloring pages.
He will soon be old enough that in a year or so we will be able to break out the paints and see what he is like using them on the Coloring Pages. I know he will love this although I am already nervous at the idea of the chaos it could make! I am sure his eyes will go wide the first time I mix two colors together to make a brand new one, such as red and yellow combining to make orange. It is so rewarding to see his progress over time as he learns without knowing he is doing so. I can really see how his ability to concentrate has improved.
Children are very curious so while coloring any picture they will ask many questions about the drawn subjects. And all the information kids get during this enjoyable activity they absorb as a sponge.