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Group Activities that promote social interaction, cooperation, laughter, creative expression, cognitive stimulation, and mild exercise.
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BOWLING FOR LAUGHTER

A Group Activity that promotes cooperation, social interaction, laughter and mild exercise. This activity is for all levels of ability - children, teens, adults, seniors, and residents in long term care.

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This activity is suitable for children, adults, teens, seniors, long term care, assisted living, rehab clinics, camps, and therapy groups.

Materials Required:  

-         8 wide ribbons, each 12’ long by 1’ wide

-         1 ring, 6” in diameter made of metal or rope or strong plastic

-         1 short ribbon, 2’ long by ¼ “ wide

-         1 round balloon and 3 pennies

-         5 plastic bowling pins (or large plastic soda bottles)

Activity Instructions:

Attach the end of each 1” wide ribbon to the ring8 chairs should be set up in a circle with a diameter of approximately 20’Participants should sit during this activity and each hold the end of a ribbonAttach one end of the 2’ ribbon to a balloon and the other end to the ringTape 3 pennies to the bottom of the balloon for weight (or insert them inside before blowing up the balloonPlace the bowling pins in a V formation in front of one of the participantsThe group will now work together pulling and releasing the ribbons to knock down the pins with the balloon.Have music playing during the 5 Pin Party or lead your group in singing “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”.   Try separating the pins so that they are in a circle about 3’ apart, this will take longer to knock all of the pins down. Ask participants to share bowling stories and ask bowling trivia questions.  

Take note of the social interaction in this activity. You will see continuous smiles, hear frequent laughter, and lots of words of support from participants that culminate with a hooray when the pins are knocked down!   You can see the activity at www.creativeenrichment.net 

This activity is the brainchild of Jim Arnold, a Certified Cognitive Stimulation Instructor.   Jim has developed 15 group ribbon activities that promote social interaction, creative expression, cooperation, laughter and mild exercise.  Jim Arnold is the director of the Creative Enrichment Group, he is a frequent speaker at recreation therapy conferences and provides in-service workshops on the topic of music recreation, creative expression and cognitive stimulation.   Request Jim’s ebook on Creative Group Activities.

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Art Therapy in Canada » Blog Archive » Art, Dance, and Music ...

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Art, Dance, and Music Therapy. At the outset of the twenty-first century, the creative arts therapies are firmly established being an important a part of complementary medicine for psychologic and physiologic illnesses.

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magentagirl's comment, January 25, 2012 12:49 PM
yes I celebrate those who embrace that arts in the realm of mental health and healing. There are some interesting symbols that emerge in my clients' art work that I would love to have a place to e-dialog about with other trained arts therapist.
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Art brings back memories - Owen Sound Sun Times - Ontario, CA

It's not about the art.
At the art therapy class for people with Alzheimer's at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, it's about accessing memories and...

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Jen Hardy's curator insight, February 11, 2013 3:57 PM

Art can bi-pass the mind and connect/ignite

 with essential being

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Make a Joyful Noise, Drum Circles | Alzheimer's Reading Room

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5 Reasons to Make Laughter a Priority Every Day

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson// My comments: just enjoy the day!  And, laugh of course! 


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Music and Your Body: How Music Affects Us and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health

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Mini-lecture: The neuroscience of laughter (UCL)

Here’s a short and interesting introduction to the topic of laughter by UCL professor Sophie Scott. It’s interesting that laughter seems to have an evolutionary heritage that goes way way back, since other animals appear to do it too, but more interesting to me is what goes on in the brain when we hear laughter, and how the brain seems to prepare for it. I’ll let you watch the video to get the rest, it’s only five minutes and time well spent if the title catches your interest at all.

Articles about NEUROSCIENCE: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?page=1&tag=neuroscience



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Parkinson's patients sing in tune with creative arts therapy

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Music and drama offers physical and emotional benefits for patients with Parkinson's.

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After a meal and an evening of music-making with three amazing women drummers last weekend, I was inspired to write about drum circle facili (Really helpful. I've referenced it many times. RT @katfulton The diff. btwn #MusicTherapy and #DrumCircle Facilitation http://fb.me/YHXii7Yf)


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Laughter is seriously complex. It can convey meaning more effectively than words and is a language in itself. After crying, laughter is the next big communicative milestone in human development and evolves from a baby's giggle into a social tool. But what is laughter, what is its purpose and are humans truly the only creatures with the ability to laugh? Not according to Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Robert R Provine.


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