Helping children to understand themselves and their identity is an important aspect of self-esteem. Supporting children to reflect on their thoughts, feelings, interests, preferences and things that make them feel uncomfortable, scared or worried supports them to express themselves and understand themselves. Having these conversations face to face can be uncomfortable for some children, however, using creative media can support them to explore themselves effectively with less confrontation.
This week, we are sharing our ‘All About Me’ Masks.
Masks are a wonderful activity to encourage children to develop self-reflection and expression. This week, we are looking at what we love and how we feel…
Download the mask template here:
How to use it:
- Download the mask template here
- Print onto card or cut out and trace onto cardboard
- Collect preferred media (pens, pencils, paints, stickers, sequins etc…)
- Encourage children to decorate the front of their masks with things that they love (interests, hobbies, places, activities, people etc)
- On the back of the masks, encourage children to draw (or write words) that depict how they feel behind the mask. They may reflect this through pictures of things that create emotions, or through words or symbols
- Allow children time to talk about what they choose to draw, you can ask open questions ‘tell me about what you have drawn’ ‘how does that make you feel?’
You might want to look at our therapeutic stories to explore some of the feelings further (Find them here)
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