Working through a metaphor is the perfect way to give kids some distance from their problems while still addressing them. This activity utilizes the metaphor of the butterfly to symbolize growth and change. Kids will be able to get all of their negative thoughts or worries out, and then learn how a bit of work, time, and perspective help to change these negatives into something beautiful. This is a perfect activity for the transition into this coming school year, especially when taking into account the changes that COVID has brought to our education system.
Drama therapy (and most creative arts therapy!) is active, engaged, and experiential. Once you have made your butterfly, try bringing it to life and having your child experience the transformation process themselves! This provides an opportunity to let them control the “change” in their lives and learn how to master it. Look below for some processing questions that can be used during and after this activity.
The materials for this activity are as follows:
- Coffee filters (2 per butterfly)
- Washable markers
- A tray that you don’t mind getting dirty
- Water and a dropper/teaspoon
- Clothespins or pipe-cleaners
- Googly Eyes (And glue for the eyes)
Processing Questions (During the Craft):
- What did your body feel like when you were making your butterfly? What were some of your thoughts or feelings?
- Why did you choose the colors you used?
- How do you feel now compared to when you started the activity?
- What does it feel like to see your finished butterfly?
- If you could give your butterfly a name, what would it be?
- What can your butterfly do?
Processing Questions (For After Pretend Play):
- How did you (as the butterfly) grow or change?
- What is special about you (as the butterfly)?
- What is your story (as the butterfly)?
- How did your body feel going through each of the different butterfly stages? What did your emotions feel like?
- Did you learn anything from being a butterfly?