Program Details
Drawing the Outdoors

With spring here, there are many things to observe in nature. This activity is designed to be relaxing and restorative for residents and can be done as a group activity, a self-guided activity, or a one-on-one activity.


  • Any kind of drawing or copy paper 
  • Pens, pencils, paints, colored pencils, markers, whatever you have
  • Stickers and other sticky materials to create small flowers or berries 


  • Ask your residents to sit by a window and observe what is in view. Ask them what they see and what is most beautiful to look at. 
  • After looking for a while, ask them to choose a piece of nature, such as a tree or shrub that they like the shape of. 
  • Place the piece of paper on the window so you can see the outline of the tree through the paper. 
  • With their pencil or marker, encourage them to start following the shape of the tree all around as if they were touching the tree with the pen / marker. Encourage them to make it big enough to fill a good part of the paper and to colour in the tree trunk or shrub if they’d like.
  • Then, encourage them to get creative by drawing organically: flowers, petals, berries, leaves. They can also create flowers with other materials such as stickers.
Staffing Requirements
Expected Outcomes
Program Type
Level of Care
Assisted Living
Independent Living
Dimension of Wellness