Playroom wall art and mindfulness colouring - FAQs
What is mindfulness colouring for kids?
Mindfulness colouring for kids – also known as mindful colouring – is the practice of applying colour to intricate shapes, patterns and images. The word 'mindfulness' is attached to the phrase because the activity has been shown to help reduce anxiety and improve mood. It is thought this is achieved through the act of colouring in and its ability to bring awareness to the present moment.
Mindfulness colouring pictures come in a range of formats from vinyl self-clean kids' wall art posters, paper sheets, colouring books, table place mats, greetings cards and notebooks. Children use either colouring pens or pencils as they while away the time through the mood-boosting activity of colouring in.
The philosophy behind it is that the concentration required to fill in each small detail with colour takes kids away from the stresses and strains of every day life. It's a great way to help them unwind, unplug and relax.
What is mindful colouring kids' wall art?
Mindfulness colouring activities can be part of the wallpaper when you opt for a kids' wall art poster.
It involves seeing what’s set out in front of you. You see the individual colours and the image which consists of black outlines of shapes and patterns on a white background.
You take a pen, for example, a pink one. You take its lid off. You place the nib of the pink pen into a shape on the wall art pattern. You see the colour filling that shape and continue going until it is complete. Then you replace the lid, choose another colour and apply it to the next shape, and so on.
There is nothing but you, the mindfulness colouring playroom wall art picture and your colouring tools. The sense of calm that can be achieved through mindfulness colouring offers kids and adults the chance to restore their brain energy without having to go to sleep. This is caused by reduced activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotion.
Mindfulness colouring helps calm busy minds, stressed minds, young minds and old minds. It is the ultimate art to fix on a playroom wall.
How are your colouring walls and posters different to other mindfulness colouring products?
Our mindfulness colouring wall art products for kids are wipe clean posters that are permanent fixtures to the wall.
They act either like a picture that's there for your child to colour afresh again and again, or if you opt for one of the larger 3-metre posters, the wall art appears more like a playroom mural or wallpaper.
Not only do they allow endless art and colouring enjoyment for kids, they look stunning on a child's bedroom or playroom wall. They're also great if you're looking for playroom ideas on a budget.
How do you remove them if you change your mind?
The purpose of our mindfulness colouring walls and posters is to become a part of your child's playroom art collection.
So once it's up it stays up. If however, you change your mind and decide you want to remove it, you can remove it by applying gentle heat from a hairdryer.
What are the benefits of mindfulness colouring for kids?
The principle of returning to the breath without judgement that’s so common in mindfulness meditation practice applies equally well to the activity of mindfulness colouring.
If you find your thoughts running away, you gently bring them back to the physical thing you are doing – your fingers holding the pen and colouring in a picture.
There’s no wrong or right way to do mindfulness colouring and no rules. If you choose to go over the edges of the shape, that doesn’t matter. If you go over the lines, decide to use only green or if your colouring is far from mindful and becomes a mass of scrawls, that’s ok too.
It’s about the child, the mindfulness colouring wall art image and your children's art tools. You mustn’t judge whether your colouring is good or not.
It is self-expression of you just the way you are at that particular moment in time.
Mindfulness colouring helps improve your overall sense of mental wellbeing. You feel more attuned to the world around you when you concentrate on the present moment.
It's a mix of art and mindfulness on a playroom wall in this hour, this minute and this second.
Can mindfulness colouring be used with elderly people or those suffering dementia?
Mindfulness colouring can be used as an effective pastime for dementia sufferers.
When a person’s brain no longer functions as it once did and they lose the ability to remember, colouring can provide a form of mindfulness and a way of focusing on something other than anxiety and fear.
But it’s important to remember that the detailed patterns often associated with mindfulness colouring can sometimes cause confusion if the person cannot see what the end result should be.
When choosing an image for a dementia sufferer to colour, try to be mindful of this and find a picture that is perhaps less abstract than some of the mindfulness colouring pictures there are on the market. A more concrete image like that of a garden with flowers or trees, or animal pictures, may be a better idea.
Another aspect to remember with mindfulness colouring and older folk, is the art tools you choose. Colouring pencils are often better because there are no lids to have to remember and no furniture likely to be marked in the process.