I know going back to school is (well, for us Victorians) a week away. Going to school for some kids, can bring on panic attacks and social anxiety.
If you know of a person who is experiencing these things, this little mindfulness art project is easy to do at home. Going to near by parklands, an open space or bushland will help your child fully engage in the experience.
Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers, pencils
Ask you child to close their eyes an relax, and listen to the sounds around them (birds chirping, wind blowing, cars bustling etc).
Ask them to just focus on the sounds and let all other thoughts float away. After a few minutes, ask them to draw what they experienced. They can use colour, shape, objects or figures to represent their thoughts and feelings.
The lesson learned...
Stop and Smell the roses - so to speak
This art project gets people to "Stop and smell the roses" so to speak. Sometimes we just need a bit of distance between our thoughts rushing about our head. Stopping for a moment and observing the world around us as we experience it, instead of dwelling on what might be, or past events will aid in stress reduction.
If you think your child will benefit from some home style therapeutic art projects, try signing up to our monthly Recreational Art Therapy Boxes.