To celebrate the summer holidays we have gathered 5 of our favourite creative activities for a summer full of arts and kindness! Taken from our Arts & Kindness week school pack we have adapted the following activities to be explored by the whole family.
1. Design a community kindness map!
- Large sheet of lining paper/old wallpaper
- Colourful pens
- Draw a large map of your journey from your home to a place where you go often. This could be school, work, the supermarket, the local leisure centre, a friends house or perhaps your favourite cafe.
- Think about all of the things you see on your journey. The people, the cars, the birds, the flowers and try and fill your map with as many details as possible.
- Now think about all of the acts of kindness that have happened or could happen along your journey. Has a driver let you cross the road safely? Did you see someone picking up litter and putting it in the bin? Did you smile back at someone walking the other way? Make note of as many kind moments as possible.
- When you next take that journey, be mindful of kind acts and continue to add to your artwork. Before you know it, you’ll have a map full of kindness to remind you of all the good in your community!
2. Pen portraits of positive people!
- Drawing Paper
- Colouring pens/pencils
- A picture of someone who is special to you
- Find a picture of someone who has positively impacted your life. This could be a family member, a teacher, a TV figure or a maybe even a superhero.
- Take a moment to think about this person and why they are special to you and then turn over the picture.
- From memory, draw a portrait of your special person thinking about all the details.
- When you are finished, use the post-its to write words to describe why your person is special to you and stick them around the portrait.
- If you are doing this activity in a group, it is interesting to see which words are repeated and therefore the values we share with others.
Bonus: Try drawing a portrait of someone you see in public, imagine all the good things that person might do in a day and fill their portrait with positive words!
3. Kind News
- Old newspapers
- Plain paper
- Colouring pens/pencils
- Writing pens
- Hole punch & treasury tags or stapler
- Glue stick
- Have a look through the newspapers and see how many stories of kindness, happiness and fun you can find and cut them out.
- Think about your own favourite stories, where you, or someone else has been kind or your happiest memories and write them down.
- Start to arrange the *kind news stories you found onto the plain paper and find photographs and words that you could cut out and use to add in your own stories. Stick the stories in place and write headlines and captions around them!
- Use your hole punch and treasury tags or stapler to put your kind news together!
*If you can’t find any kind stories, see if you could cut out and rearrange words to make an unkind story into a kind story!
Bonus: Perhaps you could write a new kind news story each week and share it with your family and friends.
4. Script for a superhero!
- Writing paper
- Coloured pens/pencils
- Begin by thinking about the good qualities that you have inside you. Are you kind? Are you brave? Do you help others? These qualities will form the basis of your kindness superhero script!
- Next start to think about the elements of a story: Characters – who is included in the script? Settings – Where is the story set? Plot – What happens in the story? Problem – Something happens in the story that presents a dilemma. Resolution – Can you use your good qualities to help provide a solution to the problem.
- Write your script, paying attention to what the characters say and how they act.
- Once you have all the dialogue try to draw the scenes to accompany the text.
Bonus: For extra fun, you could ask your friends to help you act out your script and put on a show!
5. Supporting each other
- More than one person to take part
- A floor mat
For this activity, you will need to work together to find perfect counterbalances. A counterbalance is a perfect balance between two objects and this can be achieved regardless of weight, height or strength if you work together and focus. Safety is a first priority here, so make sure that you have enough space to move and if possible make sure you perform the balances whilst on a mat. These counterbalances can help you to communicate with your partner, listen to each other and help gain trust.
- Perform and practise a selection of counterbalance positions (maybe follow the link above for examples.)
- Find new counterbalances
- Try and create counterbalances in bigger groups
Bonus: Try moving from one counterbalance to another a create a short movement routine.
We hope you enjoy our creative tasks. Do share your artwork, stories and images with us on social media using #artsandkindness.