New Year, New You

What You Need:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • A mirror

What You Do:


  1. Encourage your child to brainstorm their goals for the coming year as well as their accomplishments from the past year. However, instead of writing them down, they are going to draw them into their self-portrait!
  2. They can begin drawing their self-portrait by looking in the mirror and drawing their face to the best of their ability on a blank sheet of paper. Encourage them to include as much detail as possible.
  3. They will then draw a line down the center of paper, so that the face is divided in half vertically. The first half will represent who they were in the past year and the other half will be who they hope to be in the coming year.
  4. On either side of the paper, draw objects or symbols that represent accomplishments of the past year and goals for the coming year. For example, if they want to study harder next year, then draw a book on the “future side” of the self-portrait. If they made the soccer team last year, draw a ball on the “past” side etc.
  5. Using the colored pencils have them color in the rest of their portrait, making a finished product that you can hang on the fridge or in their room as a reminder of all the wonderful things they have done and plan to do in the New Year!

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