Draw yourself as a house and your friends and family as neighbours on the street of your life!
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens or pencils
What’s it for?
This activity helps you think about yourself, and about how you think about yourself in relation to other important people in your life. This will help you know how you fit in with the people you care for, and allow you to build even stronger connections and develop a sense of belonging in you.
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?
Imagine yourself as a house! What kind of house would you be? Would you be a large mansion, or a cute cottage, a block of flats? What feels right? Think about what colour it would be and what all the windows and doors would look like.
Draw yourself as this house in the middle of a street, leave space on either side.
Now think about the special people in your life. Imagine each of them also to be a house. What kind of house would they be? What feels right?
Draw them as houses along your street. Think about where you want to position the houses - how close or far you want them to be from your house.
When you’ve finished, take a look at your street and how everything fits together. Draw a nice background and decide what will be on the street between the houses - trees? Lamp posts? Cars?
Extra Activity: Show your Street Life picture to the people you drew as houses. If they’re 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:
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
Did you draw yourself as a big or small house? What does that say about you?
How do the other elements of your house reflect your personality?
How do you feel about the people you drew houses of after completing this activity?
If you showed your Street LIfe picture to the people you included, how did they react? How did it make you and them feel?
This activity helps you to identify how you think about yourself, and how you think about yourself in relation to other special people in your life.
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 © April 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Relationships, Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Exploration
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