Therapeutic activity of the week

This week I had a patient that was starting to feel sad about spending so much time in the hospital. I decided to make this thankful turkey with her so that when she starts to feel down, she can have a (festive) reminder of all the good things in her life. The activity was a big success and she and I had a lot of fun. Here’s a photo of the supplies I used (turkey materials purchased from oriental trading) & my thankful turkey!

This activity can be adapted to different seasons (flowers for spring, snowflakes for winter, etc)


You’re never too old to color! When working with teens, using coloring sheets with intricate designs might spark their interest more than your common spongebob sheets. Color pencils might also be preferred over crayons for these typs of coloring sheets.


“The balloon represents the lung and the plastic sheet across the bottom of the bottle represents the diaphragm muscle.  As you pull the tab down, you contract the diaphragm and inflate the lung.  As you push the tab back up, the diaphragm relaxes and the lung deflates.  It is a subtle inflate/deflate with the balloon, but the girls were able to see the basic idea of how the diaphragm and lungs work.”


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