Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tuesday Slice of Life: Coloring

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Tuesday Slice of Life: Coloring 

"I brought coloring books. Does anyone want to color?"

"Oh my God! Yes!" Two sixteen-year-old students, sitting in the bus seat across from me, eagerly grab my small stash of coloring books, markers, and colored pencils. They page through the two books I brought, exclaiming at the spread of designs.

"I love to color," One of them shares, "I cannot even remember the last time I colored anything."

"Me too. We should have more times to color." 

Indeed, I think and smile. For now, their iPhones are put away and they are coloring and chattering. 

We are en route to a school-sponsored trip to Chicago. As a chaperone, I will be in close quarters with these high school students for the next three days. Beginning our trip with something light, like coloring on the bus, is a great way to begin our adventure. 

6 comments:

  1. Love the idea of enticing teens to move away from video to coloring, a creative act, Trina. Enjoy your trip.

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    1. Thanks! It was a great trip. I am exhausted, but it was fun (mostly) among the energy of 60 teenagers!

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  2. It's great that these young people were open to such fun as coloringbooks. Even for adults coloring is therapeutic like swinging.

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    1. I am always surprised when teens color. They are so playful. I agree that coloring is therapeutic, just like swinging (another love of mine)!

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  3. Coloring, doodling, sketching: these are all therapeutic and creative activities. I imagine the students experienced a stress reduction as they colored. And have fun in Chicago.

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    1. I love all three mentioned activities: sketching, coloring, and doodling. I believe that they did probably experience a stress reduction. At the end of the trip everyone was overtired and squirmy. I should have brought them out again!

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