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Colour My Mood!

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Use different colours to explore ways of expressing your emotions.

What you’ll need: Paper and coloured pens

What’s it for?

This activity helps you to understand and express emotions through using colours and patterns. It is a fun way to engage in thinking more about how we are feeling.

Check In:

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?


  • Pick the colour that most represents how you are feeling at this present moment

  • Using a piece of paper draw a pattern with your colour of choice

  • If you feel that your mood is changing take another colour and add this to your pattern

  • Keep colouring your pattern and changing colours for up to 5 minutes or until you feel ready to stop

  • Look at your pattern - is there anything unusual in the colours, can you see any patterns turning into pictures or images or people?

Extra activity:

  • Discuss with a parent or sibling what your colour pattern means and tell them a story from the colours and patterns and images that you have created - can you give your pattern a name or title? It could be the start of making a ‘Colour My Mood’ portfolio!

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is there a reason I chose this particular colour?

  • Did the choice of colour change as I was taking part in the activity?

  • Did the experience of colouring my pattern change my mood?

  • How did the pattern change my mood if it did?

  • Reflect on the journey of your moods. Did you start happy and then become sad? During the colouring did you remember something that made you angry or did you feel free or less anxious before you started colouring?


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 ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Sarah Kong © March 2020


Creative Art Used: Art

Psychological Area Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Resilience and Self-Exploration

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.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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