Adult-Child Coloring Page: I Hear You!
You can communicate important ideas to children without saying a word.
During and after a traumatic experience, our brains may be “hijacked” by fear, anxiety, or anger. Doing a nonverbal activity such as coloring or a jigsaw puzzle together can help us reconnect and get “unstuck.”
This coloring page can help adults communicate important ideas to children without saying a word: We can relax together. We can have a good time together. We can concentrate. I am here with you. We can make something beautiful, even when the world around us feels ugly.
Children can use crayons or markers. Colored pencils or thin-tipped markers work well for the detailed “adult” areas, but crayons will work too! Here are some other tips:
- If possible, parents and children should sit side by side in a quiet space with a surface.
- Adults can invite children to choose what to color first, to give a sense of control when so much of their lives are not within their control.
- Children color the large image, adults color the more detailed background.
- There’s no right or wrong way to color; the goal is to sit and relax together. It’s okay to sit without talking, too!
- Use the tips and conversation starters at the bottom of the page and, if possible, display their work.
- Children might also draw on the back of the page. Explain that drawing is a great way to show how you feel, using no words at all.
Here’s an activity to remind children that they do not lose their memories when they’re separated from those they love—they carry their memories in their hearts.
Foster Care Resources
Resource sheet for providers and parents working within the foster system.
The World Sings to You
A song about listening.
Artmaker: Draw It Out!
Digital, open-ended drawing activities to help children with expressing feelings.
Talking About It
Suggested answers to children’s most difficult questions about foster care.
The Creature Connection
How the human-animal bond can help heal.
Challenges & Strategies
Reflect on a moment or a period from your childhood when you went through a challenging transition (if you’re with a group, you might share with others).