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Draw Your Inner Animal

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

Explore your personal strengths and qualities by drawing an animal version of yourself!

What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens or pencils.

What’s it for?

This activity helps you explore your personal strengths and qualities by drawing an animal that you think is a bit like you. When you’ve finished drawing, if you’d like to, pretend to be the animal.

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?


  • Spend a moment thinking about what you are like. What are your strengths? What do you like about yourself?

  • Think of an animal that embodies these qualities. It can be an imaginary animal if no animal in particular fits.

  • Draw yourself as this animal.

Extra Activity: Now pretend to be the animal.

When you’ve finished drawing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of animal was it?

  • What are they like?

  • Does your animal have a name?

  • How do they walk?

  • Where do they live?

  • What sounds do they make?

  • Are there any ways you’d like to be more like your special animal?

  • What do you like about the animal?

  • Is there anything scary about your animal?

  • How does it feel to be this animal?


Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising about yourself? 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 Ian Grundy © March 2020


Creative Art Used: Art, Drama and Dance

Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Positive Values, 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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