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How to Paint Stones and Pebbles. A fun, relaxing and creative activity for a rainy day! [I find new rock-painting pins every day. must now be a thing.
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1. Step outside your comfort zone. Trying something new or, even better yet, something that makes you a little nervous. This is a great way to step outside of your usual frame of mind and find a new perspective. For example, if you never set foot outside the city, a hike in the woods might be just what you need.
All you need for these marker prints is washable marker and styrofoam!
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I have gone through the depths of the Interwebs searching for play therapy techniques and interventions that stand the test of time, and this one keeps on showing up! I have seen many variations of…See more
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Mindfulness Poem about Relating To Feelings. Great way to get kids talking about emotions.
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2. Visit something familiar with a new perspective. Finding a new way to approach the familiar is a great driving factor in the creative process. If you normally take a walk in the morning, try visiting that same place in the evening; it’s amazing how different things can look in another light.
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This counseling tool teaches adolescents how to identify things that are within their control or that are outside of their control. This can help students with
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3. Find inspiration in the everyday. Being mindful of everyday objects and moments that surround us is a great way to find inspiration, from a casual conversation (like the one that sparked this post) to the things that make your neighborhood unique.
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Coping skills worksheet – advice on how we can help ourselves cope during such difficult times, across six different aspects of our lives. This offers a very balanced look with the helpful pros and cons list of each skill.
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4. Look to other fields. When I’m putting together a trend forecast for the site the first place I usually look is to fashion, as trends tend to have their origins there. Art by its very nature is also always a great place to look for inspiration.
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This is a fun project that I got from my cooperating teacher when I was student teaching last year. She did it with her emotionally handica.See more
Worry Dolls – another “how to” with different craft supplies you may have on hand. Idea is to give your mind a break from the worrying by telling the dolls your worries and tucking them away to do the work for you!
If you want moments of inspiration, you have to cultivate them. Learn all you can about color and pattern and light, look intently at the things that inspire you until you start to draw connections, and hold on to the feelings those things create. If you take time, really take time, to cultivate inspiration on a regular basis you will create an environment for your own creativity to grow and will be more likely to recognize a good idea when it strikes.
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5. Change the format. If you’re constantly surfing the internet for inspiration, try picking up a book or magazine instead. Instead of clicking around without really looking, or getting distracted by something else, these formats encourage us to linger a bit longer and really consider what is in front of us.
I had a conversation with a friend recently about the creative process and how people seem to just “come up” with amazing ideas in the spur of the moment. For those who depend on their creativity for a living, and even those who struggle to fill a blank wall at home, here is a little secret…