Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Explore what dreams, interests and values connect you with the people you love in this exciting artwork!
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens and pencils
What’s it for?
This activity explores what is the same and what is different about us and others. It explores what dreams and values connect us to each other through a fun, positive artwork.
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?
Turn the paper so the long-edge is facing you (landscape).
Draw a small picture of yourself towards the left of the page. Leave space above and around you.
Think about someone special in your life - it could be your friend, your brother or sister, the person that looks after you, a grandparent or relation, or anyone else that you really know well and care about.
Draw a small picture of your special person on the right side of the page.
Think about some of the dreams, interests, and values that you share together. Is being kind important to both of you? Do you like to have fun together? Do you like playing football together? Talking? Going to the park?
Draw a large cloud shape in between you and draw the interests that you share inside. Think carefully about how you might represent them in a visual form.
Next think carefully about what dreams, interests, and values are only yours and different to your special person. Draw these in small clouds close to your picture on your side of the page.
Next think carefully about what dreams, interests, and values only belong to your special person. Draw these in small clouds close to their picture on their side of the page.
To finish the picture, draw a nice background. What kind of sky do you need behind the connecting clouds? Where do you want to be with your special person? Perhaps draw a place where you both enjoy being together.
Extra Activity: Show this to your chosen special person. If they’re not in your household, send them a picture, or share online. You could try this with different people, too, or even a little group of people - think about what you all share, and what is unique to each of you.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Was it easy or challenging to choose your special person? Why do you think that is?
Was it easy or challenging to think about what you had in common?
Were you able to think about what interested your special person, different to your shared interests?
How did your special person react when they saw the picture?
This activity allows you to think about the special people in your life: what things you have in common, and what things are different. It allows you to identify and focus on those aspects of your relationship with each other which are shared, helping you to deepen the relationship.
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 (email@example.com). Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!
Created by Ian Grundy © March 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Relationships, Emotional Wellbeing, Resilience
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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