Drawing your Favorite Place

Think of your favorite place, draw it, then think about human activities that influence it.

Objective

To heighten awareness of environmental problems and the need to do something to address them

Materials

  • Paper, drawing and/or painting implements (e.g., pencils, crayons, markers, paint and brushes)

Time

30 minutes

Procedure

In this straightforward activity, distribute paper and art supplies to your kids and ask them to draw their favorite place outside, either through their imagination or their direct experience. Then ask them to mess it up by adding environmentally detrimental human activities they know of, such as litter, pollution, factories, lumber cutters, wildlife poachers, etc.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is this place special to you? 
  2. How do you feel about it being messed up? If it looked like this, would you ever visit it again?
  3. Have you seen these activities yourself, or have you heard about them? Where?
  4. Can we as individuals or as a group do something about these activities in our community? What do you suggest? How will this help the people in the community?

Variation:

Kids can draw what they think would be a model town. Ask them to consider:

  1. How they can make the town attractive (trees, plazas, gardens, roads, streams, etc.)
  2. Where they will be depositing the town’s wastes (food scraps, plastic, etc.)
  3. What people’s houses and yards will look like
  4. What kind of stores and shops the town will have
  5. What kids and adults will be doing
  6. What the schools will look like
  7. Where the kids will play and the adults will relax
  8. What kinds of domesticated and wild animals will and will not be present

Once the kids are done, ask them if they could help their own community improve along the lines of their thoughts.

This lesson plan is an activity from the Environmental Activities for Youth Clubs and Camps, a resource developed by the Peace Corps Office of Overseas Programming and Training (OPATS). It was contributed by Peace Corps/Armenia.

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