The ‘Paint by Numbers’ activity is a great way to engage participants in relaxing and engaging creative activity using popular, famous images which can stimulate meaningful discussion.

Suitable For: Early Stage, Early-Mid Stage, Mid Stage, Mid-Late Stage, Late Stage

Aim: To create a unique version of a popular painting and engage in a discussion.

Resources Needed: Coloured pens, coloured pencils, paints, charcoals, pastels, etc.

Length of time: 60-90 minutes

Instructions: Depending on group size you may want to split the group into small teams. Before handing out the pictures ask each person to number a blank page from 1-6 and then as a team come up with 6 things from a different category. For example, I asked members to come up with 6 emotions, 6 flowers, 6 types of music, 6 types of weather, 6 terms associated with a particular season, etc. After they have their list of 6 different words ask them to assign a different colour to each word. This usually takes 15-20 minutes.

Next, provide each participant with one of the printed images and ask them to colour in the image using their own, unique colour key.

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With thanks to Hand In Hand Care for sharing this resource.

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