Getting a sense of “belonging” within family and friends is really important for children; for their happiness and wellbeing. Anything that we can do to encourage this is helpful particularly at a time when staying connected might be hard. In order to help your children with that feeling of belonging, either in class or at home, we have created a simple activity to help them surround themselves with love. Again, this is something we have done with Billie BaCall, who is the illustrator and writer for the lovely I am Your Friend. Do check her and her site out too.
We think that your kids, and school will love this activity – we do, and we love the book as well!
Just to give you a few details on this first…
I am Your Friend
This book is illustrated by Billie BaCall and the aim it to inspire positivity and happiness in the reader, through the wonderful illustrations contained within it.
Perfect for kids and adults alike, just pick it up when you need uplifting, and its like a gentle walk in the fresh air; helping to lift the clouds.
Do check out the other activity we have from Billie helping kids to stay positive too. Combine this with our positivity postcards, and hopefully you’ll be in a great frame of mind to do the activity with the kids! 😂
How to help kids with a feeling of belonging: doing the activity
Here is the sheet for you as an image – to download scroll to the end of the article where we have a circular image you can click on to get it.
As you can see here, your child is pictured in the centre of a heart, which represents wherever they want to feel they “belong.” This is actually a good activity for adults too – so don’t be afraid to take a few moments to have a go too.
- Your child draws in more detail on the face labelled as “me” within the activity sheet,
- They can think about where they feel loved, safe, and happy; somewhere where belonging seems to fit. This might be a group of specific friends, it might be their family, it might be a class they like like doing. Could be anywhere – they can pick what is right for them,
- Think about the people that are there, they can then add them to the other faces, and perhaps even name them too, and
- Add more faces, or “things” to the picture around the heart that make that sense of belonging spring to life in the picture. For example, perhaps it it about the family; maybe your children can add pets, the house, a picture of their favourite soft toy, etc. Whatever makes the activity more personal to them.
There you have it – their very own poster, which they can now hang up wherever they want to in their room, or you can add to classroom walls too.
<< Click on this lovely circular picture to get the activity >>
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