Create snowflakes to think about makes you and the people you care about unique.
What you’ll need: A few sheets of white square paper trimmed into squares, scissors (ask an adult if you need help with cutting), a pencil
What’s it for?
This activity will help you think about what makes people special. This will help you recognise the things you like about the people you care about, and support your self-esteem.
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?
Did you know that every snowflake is unique? They might look the same to your eye, but if you put snow under a microscope you would see that each ice crystal has its own beautiful patterns. We are going to make some snowflakes out of paper, and then think about what makes you and people you know unique - like a snowflake!
To make each snowflake, fold your paper in half diagonally to make a triangle. Fold it in half again, and then in half a third time, so you end up with a triangle 8 sheets thick. Hold the triangle so that the long side is on the left, and cut an arch from the point on the right to the middle of the long side (so you end up with a shape like a slice of pie). To make the unique patterns in your snowflake, use your scissors to cut small pieces away from the pie shape. These little cuts will create unique patterns when you unfold your snowflake! Try making a few different snowflakes, cutting differently each time.
Think of someone you care about for each of the snowflakes you’ve made, and keep one for yourself as well. On each snowflake, write that person’s name. Think about the things that make that person unique or any special memories you have together and write them down in the remaining spaces on the snowflakes.
Extra Activity: You could make a mini snowflake by using a smaller piece of paper and use it to decorate a card for the person you have written about on the snowflake. How do you think they will feel seeing all the things that make them unique? If it’s not possible to send them the card, why not put it up somewhere to remind you of this special person.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Which of the patterns you made are your favourite?
How would the world be different if we were all the same? Do you think it would be better or worse?
Who did you make the snowflakes for? How did it feel while you were thinking about these special people in your life?
What did you write on your own snowflake? How did it feel to think about the things that make you unique?
This activity uses paper snowflakes to help you think about the qualities that make everyone special and unique. This can help build your relationships and support your self-esteem.
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 © December 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Self-Esteem, Relationships
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