Zentangles- A Therapeutic Activity for Bigs and their Littles

Notice how when children are bored, they doodle? Zentangling is a more artistic form of doodling that will relax you and your Little and also keep you occupied if you have nothing else to do. Zentangling and just making art in general are great ways to lose yourself and disconnect from a crazy day.

Zentangling is also a great way to bond with your Little. You can create whatever you want together and share them with each other. It can take as little or as long as you want free of stress.

How to Zentangle:

  1. GET A ZENTANGLE TILE. Just start drawing any pattern or shapes you so desire! It’s all up to you.
  2. ONE STROKE AT A TIME. Begin to just stroke the paper with your pencil and become entranced. There is something very special about drawing. It forces you to focus and watch every single movement you make with the pencil. There should be no anxiety or effort involved.
  3. DON’T ERASE! Whatever you make, be okay with it. Don’t judge it. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. What matters more is that you are unwinding when you are drawing.
  4. DON’T HAVE A PREDETERMINED SCHEMA IN MIND. Your strokes should be continuous and free flowing. It’s almost like your brain has no filter. It’s okay not to have a filter when drawing.
  5. THE MORE, THE MERRIER! Once you create multiple zentangle tiles with your Little, you can arrange them into a beautiful mosaic!

Here’s an example of a Zentangle:

https://thingadayforever.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/zentangle.jpg

A few things zentangling can help you with or improve:

  • Relaxation
  • Insomnia (Improved sleep by creating Zentangle art before bedtime)
  • Self-esteem
  • Change behavior
  • Create beautiful works of art
  • Nurture and develop creative abilities
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve eye/hand coordination
  • Develop/rehabilitate fine motor skills
  • Team building and group focus
  • Therapy
  • Anger management
  • Early artist development and appreciation
  • Increase attention span and ability to concentrate
  • Brainstorming

Also if you don’t feel like free-hand drawing, pick up an adult coloring book. You can color inside the lines and use colors that relax you. Your Little can color in their children’s coloring book while you color in yours!

Here’s a link to buy an adult coloring book: http://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Book-Relieving-Patterns/dp/1941325122

For additional information on other match activity ideas, please check out our website: http://bbbscm.org/activities or contact Stefanie Gough at Stefanie.Gough@bbbscm.org for further suggestions

2 thoughts on “Zentangles- A Therapeutic Activity for Bigs and their Littles

  1. Stef:
    Did you write this blog post? Very cool!

    Thanks for writing and sharing this with our (blog) network –
    Jeff

    Jeffrey Chin, MSW, LCSW
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  2. Awesome job, Victoria and Claire!! Nice work!

    Jeffrey Chin, MSW, LCSW
    Chief Executive Officer
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / Metrowest, Inc.
    Tel: 508-752-7868 Mobile: 508-523-6568
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    From: Hawley Harrigan
    Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:24 PM
    To: Jeffrey Chin; Big Brothers big sisters of central mass/metrowest; allstaff
    Cc: Victoria Demers
    Subject: RE: [New post] Zentangles- A Therapeutic Activity for Bigs and their Littles

    Victoria wrote this one! ☺ With some edits by Claire.

    Hawley Harrigan
    Director of Operations
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / Metrowest, Inc.
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    From: Jeffrey Chin
    Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:20 PM
    To: Big Brothers big sisters of central mass/metrowest; allstaff
    Subject: RE: [New post] Zentangles- A Therapeutic Activity for Bigs and their Littles

    Stef:
    Did you write this blog post? Very cool!

    Thanks for writing and sharing this with our (blog) network –
    Jeff

    Jeffrey Chin, MSW, LCSW
    Chief Executive Officer
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass / Metrowest, Inc.
    Tel: 508-752-7868 Mobile: 508-523-6568
    http://www.bbbscm.org [Facebook-Icon for email sig] [Twitter-Icon 24×24] [linkedin-icon v2email sig] [wordpress_logo 24×24]

    DONATE NOW – HELP BBBS of CENTRAL MASS/METROWEST WITH YOUR SUPPORT

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