Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Stained Glass" Coloring Project

This is one of my favorite projects to do with the geriatric patients.

Black Markers
Blank Paper
Coloring pencils or crayons

To begin, have patients draw a bunch of random lines on a piece of paper.  It could look something like this:

Afterwards, have the patients fill in the blanks with different colors.  The end result is something like this:

When I do this activity, I usually talk about coping skills or dealing with stress in life.  I usually lead a discussion something on the lines of... The first paper represents all the stress, frustration, and other negative emotions we feel.  Sometimes these emotions create chaos in our lives and don't make any sense to us.

However, if we practice healthy coping skills, we can begin to make sense of the chaos.  Each color I use in the final product represents a different coping skill I discuss.  When we utilize these coping skills in our lives, we can make more sense of the experiences we are having.  In the end, even difficult experiences can become meaningful, just like the picture we just created.

Idea taken from Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital, Activity Therapy Department.

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