Body map

Objective: To understand the impact the emergency has had on different aspects of children’s life

Age group: 8+

How many children? Up to 30

Time: 1 hour

Resources needed: Flipchart paper, masking tape, markers

This exercise could bring up difficult thoughts and memories; be sensitive and do not force children to participate or to share if they don’t want to. 

1. Ask a child to volunteer to lie on the sheets to have their body drawn round to represent children

2. Explain that you’re going to use the body drawing to think about life before and after the emergency (add features as you go along)

bodymap3. Ask children to think of a part of the body they can see and follow with questions:

  • Eyes: For seeing. What have you seen? Do you think people see children differently than they used to (do children still do the same things or do people expect them to do more/less?)
  • Ears: For hearing. What have you heard? Do people listen to children the same as they did before? Do you listen to adults the same?
  • Head: We use our head for thinking and learning. Have you changed the way you think, or the way you learn? (School?)
  • Mouth: How do people talk to each other now? What about the way adults communicate with children? Or how children communicate with each other?
  •  Body: Has children’s health been affected? How?
  • Heart: How have people’s feelings changed? How they feel about people from different places/people with different beliefs? How has it affected children’s feelings and the way people feel towards them? Who do children get support from when they need help?
  • Arms/Hands: What kinds of activities do you do more/less than you did before the emergency? (e.g. working, studying, playing, helping at home…). Does anyone use their hands in a negative way?
  • Legs/Feet: Are there any changes in where children do or do not, or can or can’t go?

4. General Discussion:

What do you think about these changes/impact? What are the best changes? What are the worst ones?
Do you think these changes are all the same for girls and boys? What about different ages?

This activity was developed based on Save the Children Norway, A Kit of Tools for Participatory Evaluation with Children, Young People and Adults


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