I use this anger management / art therapy technique as a way to "cool off" angry feelings.
I show the client / student that they can write, or draw, their angry feelings down on paper. Then crumple it up and put the angry feelings away in the freezer for a while.
A little tip I have is to not oversoak the angry snowball. Lightly spritz it and leave it in the freezer for an hour, or so.
Your student / client will love taking apart the angry snowball. By the time the snowball freezes the angry feelings have calmed down and the talking therapy can begin.
Anger Management / Art Therapy' Activity and Technique:
Freeze Your Anger in a Snowball!
Materials for Freeze Your Anger Snowball:
Paper, sharpies, water
Directions for the anger management / art therapy technique:
1. Ask your client to draw or write their angry feelings down on paper.
2. The client can also draw a picture of something that made them angry.
3. Once the drawing, or words, are completed, ask the client to crumble the paper in a ball.
4. Take the crumbled ball to a refrigerator and put it in the freezer. Explain to your client that they are agreeing to freeze their anger for a while and that you will give it back to them during the next session.
5. After a few hours, or days, you can take the frozen angry snowball out of the freezer and give to the client to unfold.
6. While they are unfolding the snowball the therapist can brainstorm ways for the client to utilize anger management skills when they get angry.
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