Anger Management Angry Tornado Activity

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This anger management activity can show a client how anger can build up inside a person. It can also show the client that when they feel an angry tornado building up inside of them they can use coping skills to help defuse the anger.

Materials Needed:

One Empty Plastic Bottle w/lid (rinsed and clean)


Paper and markers

Two drops of regular clear dish soap

One drop of Food Coloring (Red for anger)

Glitter: Red (Anger), Blue (Sad), Purple (Embarrassed), Green (Envy), Yellow or Gold (Happy), Multicolor (Mixed Feelings), Black (Anxious)Water proof tokens of choice to represent some type of meaning to the client.


1. Process with the client and discuss the wave of emotions being felt within the body (grief, stress, anger, etc.). Identify the color felt.

For example if grief is experienced it may be a blue color, anger might be red in color.

2. Explain to the client that emotional anger can look like a tornado inside us sometimes. The tornado does not stay forever, but comes and goes at different times due to events that happen to us. Process what events might trigger an angry tornado to happen inside the client.

3. Ask the client to create a tornado in the bottle by adding water, food coloring, glitter, and tokens of choice. Make a bottle to demonstrate this.

Fill the bottle three quarters of the way with water. Add dish soap, food coloring of choice, and glitter, or waterproof objects (client’s choice).

Glue the top on to the bottle to keepit from spilling.

4. Shake the bottle up and down. Swirl it around. Make it resemble a tornado.

Now ask the client to do the same thing. Then come back to the bottle after a few minutes and see how calm the water in the bottle is.

5. Process with the client about how anger can “tornado” up inside of each of us.

Get the client to name some things they can do to calm the “tornado” inside of them. Make a list for the client to reference later on when they get angry, or upset.

6. The client can take the bottle home as a reminder that anger comes and goes. It is a natural occurrence with human beings. However, as with the tornado in the bottle things eventually settle down and go back to a normal baseline.

By using this visual, the client can understand their own anger and have a list of coping skills handy to go to when the anger strikes.

Copyright © 2011 by Michelle Stangline and Creative Counseling

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