Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Create a book all about yourself where you will share important information about yourself
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens or pencils, hole-punch, and string
What’s it for?
This activity will help you share with others what you feel to be important about yourself. You will create a book with words and pictures that you can show to trusted others. This will help you think about your life and explore your interests.
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?
Fold at least two pieces of paper in half. Slot them inside each other to make a book.
On the cover draw a picture of yourself and write your name at the bottom. If you’d like to, you can think of a title and write this above your picture.
On the blank pages inside, you can write and draw about different topics about yourself. Just choose the ones that interest you most - and even think of new categories, if you’d like to. You might write and draw a page about:
Things I enjoy doing
What I’m good at
Where I live
My family and carers
My favourite food
My favourite games
Things that make me happy
Things that make me sad
What makes me proud of myself
My favourite music
If you’re enjoying the activity, add some extra pages and write an even longer book!
When you’ve finished, punch holes in the side with a hole-punch and tie the pages together with string (thread, cotton, or treasury tags would work just as well).
Extra Activity: Show your book to supportive family members. You could write a sequel and imagine your life in the future!
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
What’s your favourite page in the book? Why?
Was it hard or easy to think of things to write?
This activity helps you to identify what is unique and special about you. If you are shy, or don’t like talking about yourself, the book will be a good way for you to introduce yourself to others.
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?
If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity, or would like to send us any pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!
Created by Ian Grundy © March 2020
Creative Arts Used: Creative Writing, Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Esteem, Self-Exploration
This activity was taken and adapted from ‘Book About Me’ (pg. 178) from:
Jones, A. (1998): 104 Activities that Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, Coping Skills, USA: Rec Room Publishing, Inc.
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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