Art Directive (+free worksheet!): The Many Pieces of Me
I stumbled across a puzzle worksheet a while back when looking for easy “all about me” activities. What better way to get to know a person than with a puzzle? I decided to create my own puzzle worksheet entitled “The Many Pieces of Me.”
Each puzzle piece has a different prompt for the client to write and/or draw. So, in this case…one puzzle piece = one part of a person. When you put all the pieces together, you make one, unique human being.
Therapy Type: Individual
- “The Many Pieces of Me” worksheet
- Construction paper (any color)
- One image printed out (ask the client beforehand what they are interested in, like a cartoon character, sports team, sport, etc.)
- Glue stick
- Markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.
To prepare for the session, you have to create the puzzle.
- Cut along the outside border of the puzzle. (The white space and the title of the worksheet will be cut away.)
- Glue the puzzle to a piece of construction paper. Use construction paper or cardstock paper because you want the puzzle to be sturdy.
- On the other side, glue the picture of choice to the construction paper. Make sure the picture and puzzle lines up!
- Cut to size. Notice in the picture how you can’t see the construction paper anymore.
- Next, cut each of the puzzle pieces out.
- The finished product for your preparation should look like this.
- Woohoo! Now you’re ready for the intervention.
- I like to introduce the worksheet as a “getting to know you” activity.
- “How do you think puzzles are like people?”
- “I want to get to know more about the different pieces that make up you.”
- “Let’s make your own puzzle!”
- Walk the client through each puzzle piece. They can draw and/or write what they want in each puzzle piece. In the examples, I chose to write.
My favorite part is that each puzzle piece sparks conversation about a different topic. Don’t be surprised if it seems like the session is “all over the place.” It’s not. Remember, the purpose of this session is getting to know the client and showing them how all of their personal puzzle pieces matter.
- When all pieces are drawn/written on…flip them over so the picture sides are facing up. Put the puzzle together!
- As the client is putting the puzzle together (or after the puzzle is completely formed), tell them that this is their “personal puzzle.” Some important points to cover for the conclusion of this activity:
- Every person is special and unique.
- Every person has many parts to them–whether they’re good, bad, comfortable, uncomfortable parts–and each part is important in creating that special and unique individual person.
***Alternatively, if you don’t feel like turning this into a puzzle (or don’t have the time), you can use the “Many Pieces of Me” worksheet as simply a worksheet. I’ve done this option many times as well!
Whichever method you choose to use–cutting the pieces into a puzzle or keeping it a worksheet–both are sure to make an impact and give you lots of information about your client!
Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download the PDF. (Free!)
*Examples shown are not client work.