Draw your feelings is a great check-in activity for helping people express feelings for a retrospective meeting. Drawing enables people to express their emotions. Thus, it is a good starter before the main course activity, where the participants typically will write notes and verbalize things and actions for the given context.
Running the activity
- Distribute post-it notes and a sharpie for each participant.
- Write the following sentence on the canvas: “How do you feel?”
- Ask the following to the participants: “please draw a thing that better express how you feel right now, in the context of this meeting” (consider saying vehicle, animal, object, super-hero, or view instead of ‘thing’).
- Ask the participants to place their post-it with the drawing on the common canvas, and, if they want, to say something about their drawing.
We have used this activity asking people to draw vehicles, animals, and objects. This activity is similar to the one word activity, but with drawings instead of word to express feelings.
The main idea behind ‘draw your feelings’ is to express a specific emotion, feeling or a situation that you can’t normally express with words. Drawing it helps people to later verbalize the reason behind it. Therefore, it is a great check-in activity, for two reasons: (1) allow the individual to first express feelings via drawings, before writing about it, and (2) make it visible about how the group is feeling before entering the main activity.