After trauma, when our brains can be “hijacked” by fear, anxiety, or anger, a wordless activity like coloring can help us get “unstuck.” Coloring can reduce stress in both adults and kids, and this adult-child coloring page lets you sit quietly with kids and just be together.
Coloring together can help you share important ideas without saying a word:
- We can relax together.
- We can have a good time together.
- We can concentrate.
- I am here with you.
- I am listening.
- I am interested in you.
- We can share feelings.
- We can make something beautiful, even when the world around us feels ugly.
Kids can use crayons or markers. Colored pencils or thin-tipped markers work well for the detailed “adult” areas, but crayons will work too!
- Sit side by side in a quiet space with a surface. You might put on music that you both like.
- Kids color Big Bird and his nest, grown-ups color the more detailed background.
- Remember there’s no right or wrong way to color; the goal is to sit and relax together. It’s okay to sit without talking, too!
- Praise your child’s efforts and display the completed page in your home.
Before, during, or after coloring, try saying:
- “Big Bird feels cozy and safe in his nest. Where do you go to feel like that?”
- “Would you like to have your very own nest? Why or why not?”
- “If you had a nest, what would you do there? What would you want to keep with you there to feel calm and safe?”