I have to share an activity I recently found online by Dr. Amy Wickstrom that has been a wonderful tool in therapy. I began using this just last week since the weather has been so beautiful.
I have to admit that I figured some of the kids I brought out for this activity would only halfway participate. However, to my surprise, all the kids have enjoyed this exercise!
Many people have a difficult time saying what makes them angry and are more comfortable writing it down or drawing a picture. Plus, the physical activity and fresh air also got them to open up even more. This activity can be used for any age, even adults! It can also be done with one person writing or in a group. I also encourage families to do this activity together!
Here is how it works:
1. Gather together some large white paper, markers, napkins or toilet paper, tape, and a container of water.
2. Tape the paper somewhere, like the side of a building or on a driveway.
3. Have each participant write down situations or people that make them angry. I also allowed them to include things that annoy them. Also, some kids chose to draw pictures rather than write words.
4. Dip the napkins in water and throw them at the paper. The more soaked the paper is, the better it sticks. The marker actually drips down and the words or drawing fade. Visually seeing their words and drawings drip and fade away was a lot of fun for the kids, and me!
5. Right after the activity, process how it felt to write down the anger. Ask how it felt to toss the wet paper at the drawings. Finally, talk about how it feels afterward. If you are doing this as part of therapy, processing the activity is key to really dealing with the issues. As a family, simply completing the activity can get people to open up with one another and promote bonding.
Originally posted 2012-03-28 02:06:37.