It can be so much easier to start a conversation when kids begin it themselves…without words. Share these open-ended drawing activities and ask kids to tell you about what they’ve drawn. There are four different “canvases” to choose from.

  • Draw What’s in Your Heart: Kids can show and share feelings or memories that may be just too big for words.
  • Make Your Own Journal Cover: Help kids create a front cover for a journal, which can become their special place to write and draw feelings and memories.
  • From Me to You: Kids can draw pictures for you to print out and send to the incarcerated parent.
  • Picture This: Kids can draw a portrait of their loved one…you can take a turn, too, or you might work together to complete it.