Drawing is a fun and interactive activity to pursue. Most people have done a little drawing or at least some doodling at some point in their lives.
Offer clients the opportunity to revisit drawing as a pastime. Exercising the creative mind increases brain activity and promotes wellbeing.
Stick figures are downright easy to draw and amazing stories can be told with these crude and cute stick figures.
Anyone can draw stick figures; all you need is a circle and five straight lines. No hair, clothes, or features are necessary; just simple figures telling a little story.
Drawing is an activity very relevant to clients with dementia. It can stimulate and bring to the surface many emotions that will improve overall wellbeing.
Drawing activities can:
Facilitators should join participants and invite other staff and visitors to join in the session.
There is no ‘right way’ to draw a stick figure. Unlike other types of drawings, many clients on seeing the stick figure examples may surprise you by saying “I can do that” and they are right; this will lead to a great deal of satisfaction.
They will take a minute or two to get the dimensions of the human/animal bodies right. With a little practice they will get better and better.