I had my middles do a collage exercise. I wasn't sure if they would understand the concept but again, guilty of underestimating them. The idea is to create a collage in a designated, short amount of time, that represents you. Or represents how you see yourself anyway.
It was so neat and surprising to see what they came up with. They gave me a lot of insight into their hearts and minds. It was interesting to really take a look at how they view themselves. Some of their choices were surprisingly deep and others were predictably funny...and really honest.
The 10 year old
The 8 year old
I was really blown away by their introspection. They included their personality strengths as well as their weaknesses. I can't believe how much credit we DON'T give the, as far as how much they understand and how well they know themselves.
1 sheet of cardstock each
Each child was given a sheet of card stock. Instructions were: choose pictures (or words) from the magazines (tear out--no scissors needed) that represent themselves. Glue pictures onto the card stock sheet. Afterward they were given time to explain their finish product.
I only gave them about 10 or 15 minutes to tear out the pictures and glue them on....otherwise they become too distracted with the magazines. :-)