Chances are even the most calm, easygoing of us is experiencing some sort of stress and anxiety at this time. The school experience changed overnight. The daily schedule is up in the air. In some places, we cannot even leave our property. Creative brain breaks are the solution.
For kids and adults alike, time spent coloring is known to reduce anxiety and stress levels. The structured repetitive activity is even thought to have meditative qualities and long-term benefits. Coloring engages our hands and minds, develops focus and allows us to switch off our brains and focus on the moment – which we can all benefit from in these uncertain times.
It encourages creativity. Filling pre-drawn shapes and patterns with color may not make you the next Steve Jobs or Picasso, but it gets your creative juices flowing by using your right brain. The right side of you is built for creative and innovative thinking. It’s where ideas are born, imaginations run wild and the stuff of genius lies. Coloring is less stressful than facing a blank sheet of paper, but once you get started, the right side of you wants more.
Drawing shares some of those same benefits. In addition, drawing is a great way to express feelings and emotions. If you don’t feel confident in your drawing skills, start with Young Rembrandts’ free How to Draw videos on YouTube. And, Young Rembrandts is still offering drawing classes – but you’ll get them at home! Register as usual and we’ll deliver your lesson right to your inbox – no schedule, no age limit, just complete the drawing when convenient!
- Increase visual note-taking vocabulary with these downloadable drawing sheets.
- Free coloring books from top museums and libraries.
- Try some of these 20 minutes or less activities.