Egg Box Flower
Identify the people in your life you are thankful for or feel proud of and show your appreciation for these relationships.
What you’ll need: An empty egg carton, scissors, a pen, markers or paint, glue, a stick/straw to attach to your flower or a piece of paper
What’s it for?
People often give flowers to someone to show they care about them or to say “well done” when they have accomplished something, like a special performance. You are going to make flowers out of a cardboard egg carton to help you to identify what you appreciate about the people in your life and think about these positive relationships.
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?
Think about someone in your life that you care about. This might be someone that lives with you, a person from school or your family, or maybe someone you once knew but can’t see anymore.
While you are thinking about this special person, cut around the cups in the egg carton so they are in a group of four (an adult might need to help do this safely). You can cut out just one flower, or more if you have enough empty containers.
What is it that you appreciate about the special person you have thought of? It might be something about their personality, like their kindness to you, or something they do, like how they play with you or make you food. Write these words down on the back of the flowers (the side of the cardboard that goes ‘out’, rather than where you put the eggs).
To decorate your flower paint or colour the inside of the cardboard cups. You could do them all the same, or use lots of different colours. You could colour the point where the four cups meet yellow, like the middle of a daisy.
To make the stem of your flower, glue a stick or disposable straw to the back of the flower. You could also glue your flower to a piece of paper and draw the stem on the paper.
If you have enough cardboard, you could think of other important people and make more than one flower. You might attach them together like a bouquet or a wreath.
You might like to share the flower with the person you made it for. If they don’t live with you, ask an adult to send them a photo. If you made a flower for someone you can’t see anymore, you could think about them while you look at their flower.
Extra Activity: What would you write on the flower if it was for you? What do you appreciate about yourself? What are you proud of? If you have enough cardboard, make an egg box flower for yourself!
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?
Was it hard or easy to think of things to write on the flowers?
Think about the things you appreciate about your special person or people. Do you share any of these traits?
If you shared your flower, how did the person react? How did you feel afterwards?
This activity helps you to identify the things you appreciate about special people in your life and share those feelings with these positive relationships. This helps you feel grateful for these relationships, and identify the qualities that are important to you.
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 Heather Dingle © April 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Relationships, Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Exploration
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