Pieces of My Heart Mosaic
Updated: Apr 7
Create a heart mosaic representing your inner thoughts, special relationships and feelings.
What you’ll need: Two blank sheets of paper, coloured scrap paper (can be taken from magazines), coloured pens and pencils, scissors, glue.
What’s it for?
This activity helps to identify and express feelings in a healthy manner, recognise important relationships in your life and positive ways to show kindness to others.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
Think about some of the feelings in your heart right now.
There could be feelings of happiness, sadness, anger or a mixture of emotions.
There might be thoughts about relationships with others including family and friends, or other significant relationships.
There might be anxiety or worries, or there could be excitement about something
You are going to make a heart mosaic to represent a mixture of emotions, thoughts, and relationships that are in your heart right now.
On a blank sheet of paper write the title at the top: Pieces of My Heart Mosaic.
On one side, list different colours such as red, blue, yellow, pink, white, black, orange, green, grey, purple, brown and any other you wish. Make sure to leave some space between each colour. You can list as many or as little colours as you like.
Next to each colour, list the feeling, thought, relationship, or other aspect it will represent in your Pieces of My Heart Mosaic. For example, pink might represent happiness, blue might represent sadness, yellow might represent friendships, black might represent grief or worry etc.
After completing this step, take another blank sheet of paper and draw a big heart.
You can cut coloured paper into pieces and then glue these onto the heart to represent the amount of space that each thought or feeling takes up in your heart.
For example, if you feel happy a lot (represented by pink) you would have lots of pink pieces glued onto your heart.
If you don’t have many different coloured papers, you can make some by using your coloured pens and pencils.
The entire heart should be completely covered with pieces of coloured paper when completed.
At the end of the activity answer the following questions:
What are some of the thoughts, feelings and relationships that are in your heart right now?
How did you choose which colour would represent which thoughts, feelings or relationships?
How do you feel about your completed Pieces of My Heart Mosaic?
What did you like about completing this activity?
What are some of the ways that you can show kindness and love to the people that are represented in your heart mosaic?
How can we let others know that we value them?
What was challenging about completing this activity?
What did you learn from completing this activity?
The heart is usually associated with love and kindness. Some of the ways that we show love and kindness to others might include using positive and uplifting words, giving gifts, doing acts of kindness, and spending time with those we love, in person or online.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What takes up the most space on your heart mosaic?
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Created by Karolina Koman © March 2020
Creative Art: Art
Psychological Area Explored: Emotional Literacy, Emotional Wellbeing, Relationships.
This activity was taken and adapted from:
Joiner, Lindsey. “February.” The Big Book of Even More Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula, by Lindsey Joiner, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016, pp. 145–146.
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