I’m always looking for new, hands-on activities to use with small groups. After using my watercolor affirmation activity, I got the idea for a secret message small group counseling activity. In past girls’ groups or kindness clubs, I’ve had students write encouraging messages to group members or peers in the school that are always fun and uplifting, but this watercolor secret message activity has an air of mystery and gives students an artistic keepsake from group!
What you’ll need:
- card stock paper
- white crayons
- watercolor paint
How to do it:
- Have students draw names of group members, making sure no one receives his/her own name.
- Give students white, heavy card stock paper. Students will use white crayons to write encouraging messages to the peer whose name they drew. This can be a bit difficult – show students how to look at their papers at an angle so that they can see their own writing!
- Group members will give their encouraging messages to their peers. Students will use watercolors, brushes, and water to reveal the secret messages their peers have written to them!
When to use it:
- with small groups focusing on building relationship skills
- with kindness clubs
- as a termination activity for groups
- in classroom guidance lessons focusing on kindness and group cohesion
My favorite way to use it:
Much like the watercolor affirmation activity, I like to do this with girls’ group. My girls’ group focuses on girls empowering girls and creating a community of girls who support one another, building each other up rather than tearing each other down (anyone picturing the Mean Girls intervention day?). This group counseling activity is the perfect way to build each other up at the end of group, after a week of growth in group dynamics, or after a particularly trying experience together. These can also be written on 5×7 card stock paper and framed in simple dollar spot or discount store frames for the girls to keep! Give it a try wth your students!