Do you have a child who is super angry and canâ€™t seem to find the right words to express herself? Or she isnâ€™t exactly sure why she is feeling the way she is? Try this simple tool:
1. On a piece of drawing paper have your child write all the things that are making her angry or frustrated.
2. On the other side, using makers, colored pencils, crayons, oil pastels (and the like) fill the paper entirely up with colors that represent the anger and frustration she is feeling.
3. Now this is the fun part! Give your child permission to take the anger and frustration out on the paper and rip it all up into pieces! Not only are they expending their anger energy onto the piece of paper but they are doing something about it and therefore feeling more in control.
4. Now, collect all the ripped pieces (color side up) and create a collage using these pieces. You can glue this collage on a colored piece of construction paper.
* The end result is a transformation of your childâ€™s anger into a beautiful piece of art that can be displayed on the kitchen fridge!
Elissa Bowes, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT,