Life skills: Self-awareness, Critical thinking, Creative thinking
This activity can help children begin to think about themselves and how other people see them.
In this activity children have to draw symbols. If children have not done this before it may be useful to do an introductory session in which you show them how a symbol can represent a thought and feeling. Show them some symbols (e.g. a happy face or a sad face) ask them to draw these symbols. Ask them to draw other symbols they know and then ask them to make up a symbol to show a feeling or idea.This activity is quite long; we have divided it into three stages. You can either take a break or spread the activity over more than one lifeskills session.
Each child does this in turn.
Here are examples from Delhi of ‘bodies’ created by girls and boys.
Extracts from the feedback session on the activity from children in Delhi
‘It was difficult to share about ourselves.’
‘It was a difficult question as I don’t know about myself.’
‘It was difficult as I know what is good about myself but I have some fear of disclosing things about myself in case it turns my friends against me.’
‘It was easy for me to share.’
Here are some monitoring questions that can be asked at the end of each activity. Whenever you see this symbol remember the monitoring questions!
You can help the children make their fingerprints using ink pad and paper help the children make their finger prints. Tell the children that no two human beings have the same finger prints. Each of us is unique.