Explore how you view yourself and your ideal environment by drawing yourself as a plant!
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens or pencils
What’s it for?
This activity will help you to explore how you view yourself and your ideal environment by drawing yourself as a plant. Imagining yourself as something other than a person might help you to see some of your strengths and perhaps highlight unexpected parts of your personality.
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 your special qualities and characteristics. What are your strengths? What do you like about yourself? What’s your favourite type of place?
Think of a plant that embodies some of these qualities. Would you be a lovely flower? Would you be a majestic oak tree? Do you see yourself as a reed by the banks of a winding river? Try not to overthink - just go with your gut feeling.
Draw yourself as this plant.
Spend a little extra time drawing the ideal place for this plant to grow.
Extra Activity: Pretend to be the plant version of yourself and act growing from a seed into whatever type of plant you chose.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
What type of plant was it?
What is it like?
Where does the plant grow?
Are there any other plants or animals around that are your friends?
What do you like about your plant?
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
This activity helps you to name and explore your strengths, and discover your inner qualities by imagining yourself as a plant. This can help you learn things about yourself which will increase your emotional wellbeing and positive values.
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 Ian Grundy © June 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art, Drama
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Exploration
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