Worry Group Art Activities: 4 Art Activities to Teach Calming Strategies

Do you lead a worry group at your school? I love to use art activities to help reinforce strategies that I teach in group, and students really enjoy them as well! They love having something beautiful to take away from group to remind them of the strategies they have learned to manage their worries. Check out this round-up of art activities to accompany for your worry lessons with your students! Click the pictures to see the full posts with instructions for the worry group activities.

Worry Group Activities: Check out this roundup of 5 creative art activities for your worry group! Students create beautiful and creative artwork to help them practice calming strategies. All of these activities are great for small group counseling or individual counseling with students!

Art Activities for Your Worry Group

Inhale, Exhale Waves

Teach students to control their breathing with counted breaths or belly breathing techniques. Then, use large sheets butcher paper or an extra large sketch pad, watercolors or other paint, and brushes for students to paint their breaths. They will paint their waves up on the inhale and down on the exhale to create a visual representation of the controlled breathing. Click the picture to see the full post!

Inhale Exhale Waves 

Worry Group Activities: Check out this roundup of 5 creative art activities for your worry group! Students create beautiful and creative artwork to help them practice calming strategies. All of these activities are great for small group counseling or individual counseling with students!

Lazy 8 De-escalate

Instead of tracing an 8 while controlling their breathing, students will paint an 8 for this activity. Add a large amount of paint to the paper and have students begin their controlled breathing while dragging their brushes through the paint to create a number 8. Continue breathing this way until all of the paint has been spread throughout the number. Click the picture to see the full post!

Lazy 8 De-escalate 

Worry Group Activities: Check out this roundup of 5 creative art activities for your worry group! Students create beautiful and creative artwork to help them practice calming strategies. All of these activities are great for small group counseling or individual counseling with students!

Imagery Recap

Take your students on a guided imagery meditation to a calm and peaceful place. Then let students paint or draw the location they imagined during the activity. They can keep or even frame the painting as a reminder of the guided imagery strategy for calming worries.

Guided Imagery Recap Art Activity

Worry Group Activities: Check out this roundup of 5 creative art activities for your worry group! Students create beautiful and creative artwork to help them practice calming strategies. All of these activities are great for small group counseling or individual counseling with students!

Deep Breathing Worry Monster

In this activity, students create a personification of their worry by using a deep breathing strategy (2 worry strategies in 1!). Use watercolor paints and straws to make these worry monsters that students can name, discuss, and take home. Click the picture to see the full post!

Deep Breathing Worry Monster

Worry Group Activities: Check out this roundup of 5 creative art activities for your worry group! Students create beautiful and creative artwork to help them practice calming strategies. All of these activities are great for small group counseling or individual counseling with students!

What other art activities do you like to do with your students during worry group? Let me know in the comments!

Worry Group Activities: Check out this roundup of 5 creative art activities for your worry group! Students create beautiful and creative artwork to help them practice calming strategies. All of these activities are great for small group counseling or individual counseling with students!

Please note: these activities are not intended to be or described as art therapy activities for worry groups. I am not an art therapist and these activities are simply intended to be art activities for a worry group to reinforce worry management strategies.

 

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6 thoughts on “Worry Group Art Activities: 4 Art Activities to Teach Calming Strategies

  1. Hi Keri. LOVE your resources, they’re so helpful!
    I also make ‘Worry Eaters’ with my clients, out of a tissue box. The worry eater is designed for the child to ‘feed’ their worries to. They write or draw their worry on a bit of paper, fold or scrunch it and ‘feed’ it to their worry eater to help make it go away. I’m happy to share photos if you would like.

  2. Thank you so much for all your ideas and activities. I have been a school counselor for 15 years and I love your fresh ideas

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