Participants celebrate a more rounded way of seeing people by sharing what makes them unique, and celebrating what their bodies can do.
Drawing materials and one piece of paper per child
We’ve learnt that, in different countries, the message about how people should look is different. So we can see that there isn’t only one way to look beautiful.
Now let’s celebrate how unique we all are – it’s not just about how we look! It’s what’s on the inside that matters most. There are lots of different ways we’re all fantastic!
Give out paper and drawing materials.
Explain to the group that they are going to spend five minutes creating a picture of themselves doing something they love. The picture should show them
doing something they love using their bodies, such as their favourite game or sport, making things, hugging their friends, etc.
When they have created their drawings, help them to write a positive message on the picture, showing:
What they are doing.
What is special about their body because it enables them to do something.
“I am riding my bike. I love how strong my legs are because I can ride my bike really fast.”
“I am playing with my sister. I love my arms because they let me hug her, showing that I’m a kind person.”
Ask each child to show their picture to the group and read the positive message they’ve written about their bodies out loud. Pin the pictures up in the meeting place with a title like ‘Amazing Me’
Thank everyone for sharing their pictures and organize the group into pairs.
If there are so many different ways that we can be special, and so many amazing things that our bodies let us do, there can’t be just one way everyone should look! This is a great message to share with other people, so they can feel more confident to be themselves. Practice that now by turning to a friend and telling them that there isn’t just one way to be beautiful, and what’s inside matters most.
Leave the gallery on display throughout Free Being Me if possible.