My daughter came home with a version of this self-esteem art project from school and I instantly loved the concept and wanted to do this activity at home. It’s so so so important for kids to be able to identify with their positive attributes and build their self-esteem because far too often they dwell on the negative (especially when they get to teenage years). I do that still…hmmmmm…I need to do the activity as well.
I’ve made a sheet of adjectives that can be printed to use in this project. There are many, many more but this will get kids thinking about who the are. If you or your child come up with others, just write them on the sheet with a marker. This is all about reflecting on yourself and being creative.
For my 7-year-old, we went step by step together. I cut out the words for him. He is very capable of cutting out words but I knew he would be overwhelmed trying to pick one word with all the words on one sheet. First he chose the “I Am” design that he wanted and where he wanted his picture and glued those on the sheet. Next he started coloring and picking out words until he was done.
If you have more than one child doing this activity, you want to make sure that you have one sheet each as you don’t want them to fight over specific words. You want them both to have “kind” if they want it or things may get unkind!
After we were done, we discussed our designs. We acknowledged that they were all different and beautiful. We also talked about each word and we gave examples of how the person demonstrates that quality which helps the person identify deeper with that quality. My daughter told me that I was brave because I like to try new things. Her saying that stuck my emotional side and now I am able to envision myself as brave more easily.
These pieces of art are now hanging up and we’ll review them throughout the next few months. By continuously talking about their positive attributes, the children will have a greater sense of self and self-esteem.
- Print out of adjectives (below) – one per child
- Sheet of paper for background
- Markers, crayons, pencil crayons, etc
- Printed pictures (optional)
- Print out the “I Am” sheet of your liking. There’s a plain one with no background, a sheet with black and white backgrounds and two different color versions. One of those should hit your printing preference!
- Cut out the words if working with younger children or children that would be overwhelmed with all the words on one page.
- Pick out a sheet of paper for the background. Construction paper, card stock or white paper all work well.
- Explain the activity to the kids. We started with the “I Am” and our name/picture. We then chose the words that we wanted to put on our picture and planned for how the background would look. Use the glue to put the words and pictures on the background.
- When it’s done, discuss the project.
Start with positive comments.
- how hard the worked
- how much thought they put into it
- their use of color and creativity
- that they finished it
Next, get them to talk their choices for the project.
- Why did you choose these words?
- What does (insert word) mean to you?
- Why do you think (insert word) is important?