Updated: Apr 8
Think about yourself as a hero or heroine in a made-up story!
What you’ll need: At least one other person, but works easier with three or more.
What’s it for?
This activity helps you think about yourself as a hero or heroine in a made-up story. The person / people need to be respectful and supportive of each other for the activity to work, and can help cultivate these skills.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Make up a title for an adventure story including your name, for example: ‘Karolina the Courageous’, ‘Sarah’s Big Day Out’, or ‘Heather’s Quest for the Dulwich Diamond’. You can ask others for help, if you’re struggling to think of something.
The person named in the title starts the story, and then each person in the group takes it in turns to say one sentence to continue the story.
The story can be based on something amazing the person did, or be completely made up.
Everyone in the group has a turn to have an adventure story made-up for them.
Extra Activity: Write down a version of your hero / heroine Story. It can be the same as in the group, or you can change or add to it.
When you’ve finished playing / writing spend a moment thinking about your story, ask yourself the following questions:
What did it feel like to have a story made up about you as a hero / heroine?
Was it difficult to come up with a title? Did you need someone else’s help?
Was it easy making up parts of your own story, or parts of everybody else’s?
How are you similar or different to the hero / heroine in your story?
What was it like working in a small group? Did you trust the other participants to play nicely?
Did you help others to make an amazing story about themselves?
Thinking about ourselves as other characters can lead to some interesting observations.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Ian Grundy © March 2020
Creative Art Used: Drama, Creative Writing
Psychological Areas Explored: Self-esteem, Relationships (trust and empathy), Communication (turn-taking)
These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.
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