Let The Force Be With You
Exploring Feelings of Being in Control and Taking Ownership
Just like every little girl, I too believed in fairy godmothers. Having watched all the princess movies, believing in fairy godmothers as someone who will make an appearance and with a wave of the wand make her every wish come true was probably a natural outcome. Most kids today are pretty savvy and they brush away the idea of any fairy godmothers with a grin a little too cynical for their age. Hollywood though has kept alive the belief in superheroes by adapting them to engage not only the young but also the not so young. Whether it is Superman, Spiderman or their feminine counterparts, every one of us has a superhero that we can identify with.
This art activity brings together the magic of fairies and the superhero that exists deep within each one of us to explore how we can take control of what is happening around and with us.
- Chopsticks / wooden sticks
- Cardstock paper
- Any materials for decoration (like glitter, stickers, pom-poms, ribbon, stickers etc)
- Each person chooses a superhero who they think is the most powerful.
- Taking turns each person develops a list of powers that the superhero they have chosen has and how that power can be used.
- Every person in the group now closes their eyes and pretends that they have superpowers.
- Once we have decided what kind of power it is that we have, using the card paper, draw a token or symbol representing their superpower.
- To use this power, stick this design on to the chopstick or the wooden stick and make a super wand.
As the group members play around with their super wands and exercise their super powers, encourage conversation about the kind of powers that have been chosen and how that power can be exercised to change something.
- Share with the group what is special about your superpower.
- Take turns in sharing what they would like to do with their superpower. Is there something that you would like to change with the swish of the super wand. What and why?
- How can you help others with your superpowers
A student of art and psychology, Rhea is currently studying in Singapore. Art has been her happy place for as long as she can remember. While using art for therapy is nothing new, Rhea wants to explore how simple art exercises can be used at home or in the school to express feelings and teach values to kids who like her fall in the middle of the bell curve.