Lockdown, quarantine, isolation, call it what you will. A lot of people are at the end of their tethers thinking of things to occupy this abundance of time they suddenly find that they have.
Here’s a little activity for adults and children alike. I stole it from a very talented artist called Jodie Silverman. You can have a look at her amazing work by clicking on her name.
Okey dokey, first off, draw around each of your hands on separate sheets of A4 paper.
Next, on one of the hands, (doesn’t matter which you choose), write all of the things you want to keep in your life. Basically, all of the good things that make you happy.
On the other hand, write down all of the negative things you want to let go of. Things that get you down. Things that are holding you back.
Once you’ve filled your hands with positives and negatives, it’s time to start decorating them!
There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Use watercolours, felt tips, acrylics, pastels, collage, whatever you feel comfortable with. And whatever you have lying around the house.
You could do an intricate pattern, something abstract or something more realistic like plants and flowers. Let your emotions about the words on each hand guide what comes out onto the paper.
And, what’s the point of all of this?
Well, doing any kind of art is relaxing and meditative. It focuses the mind and helps you to stay in the moment.
It’s reflective; by contemplating what makes you happy and what doesn’t, you are taking a conscious, positive step toward leading a more fulfilled life.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be all heavy, philosophical stuff. If you wanted to do it with the kids you could ask them to write down what they like/dislike about homeschooling or lockdown in general.
Who knows, you might learn something about yourselves along the way.