Updated: May 21
Draw your own fantasy island representing your ideal world and see where your imagination takes you!
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens/ pencils or any other art resources of your choice
What’s it for?
This activity will allow you to explore your imagination and creativity and take you on a journey to a happy destination. Thinking about a positive place or experience could also be a good calming strategy when you’re feeling worried.
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?
You are going to create a Fantasy Island which is an ideal world where you feel happy. You get to decide what is on the island.
Close your eyes for a minute and think about the following questions:
What can you see on your island?
Who lives there and who can visit?
Who is not allowed on the island?
Are there any parents on the island?
Do parents work on the island?
Are there any children on the island?
Is there school on the island? Is it the same or different to your school?
What are the rules on the island to keep people safe?
What happens if rules are broken?
What is the name of the island?
What type of food can you eat there?
What can you do there for fun?
Now gently open your eyes and create a picture of your Fantasy Island!
Extra Activity: Show your Fantasy Island to the people who live there or anybody else you would like to share it with. If they are not in your household, you could send them a picture of it, or show them online. See how they react.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
How did you imagine yourself on the island?
What made you feel happy about being on the island?
What does a typical day look like on your island?
What do you notice that you hear, smell, taste, or touch on the island?
If you shared your Fantasy Island picture with others, how did they react? How did it make you and them feel?
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
This activity allows you to take control and make decisions through art-making process and imagination. It also helps you to appreciate the significant people in your life and recognise what is 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?
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 Karolina Koman © May 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Resilience, Self-Exploration
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