I am the eyes of a Buddha. I wonder why people worship me. I hear everyone lighting candles beside me. I see fire blazing in my eyes. I want to hold love for everyone. I am the heart of hope.I pretend to hold kittens. I feel my friend, Dragon Symbol beside me. I touch the lit candle. “Ow!” I worry about my friend, Lizard. I cry for Dragon Symbol. I am the heart of happiness.I… [more]
Karis – PelicanI am a pelican. I wonder if the hawk will buy the food I sell. I hear the snow melting. I see the sunrise. I want it to be night, because at night I’m going to have my babies! I am a mother.I pretend they are already here. I feel the berries and the wheat that I am going to sell. I touch the hawk. I worry he will not like my babies. I cry because my babies are sick.… [more]
I am Madeline the farmer’s daughter. I wonder if my father’s cow will ever calm down. I hear the clomping of her hooves. I see the cow circling in the grass, and my father watching. I want to go inside and have lunch, but my father says, “We have to calm down the cow first.” I am wondering if the cow will ever calm down!I pretend that I am sitting… [more]
I am a Bee I wonder if I can pollinate all of the flowers in time. I hear the wind against my ears. I see the sparkling sun. I want to pollinate all of the flowers in time. I am sad because I do not know if I can pollinate all of the flowers in time.I pretend that I am a human. I feel upset because I’m lonely. I touch the flowers one… [more]
I am a Chinese dog. I wonder what the cat is doing. I hear my earrings jingling. I see the cat laughing. I want the cat. I am a dog.I pretend that I am an American dog. I feel flowers. I touch the cat. I worry that the cat is going to yell at me. I cry because the cat yelled at me. I am a dog.I understand that you have to ask before you touch another animal. I say, “Goodbye, cat!” I… [more]
I am a piece of chocolate cake. I wonder if I will get eaten soon. I hear people saying “Yummy!” I see other pieces of chocolate. I want people to eat the other pieces. I am chocolate.I pretend that I am a person eating chocolate. I feel messy and sticky. I touch my messy sticky chocolate. I worry that I will get eaten soon. I cry because I am just a piece of cake. I am a piece of… [more]
I am hungry. I wonder, “What’s in the can?” I hear somebody picking grapes. I want to eat cheese. I am mouse-y.I pretend I’m a farmer picking grapes. I feel cold. I touch rocks. I worry if the can is empty or not. I cry if somebody eats me. I am mouse-y.I say, "I’m the King!” I dream the earth is made of cheese. I try to open the can. I hope to be King of Cheese Land. I… [more]
I am a firework I wonder if there will be less stars in the sky. I hear the noise I make. It sounds like KABOOM!! I see a lot of stars that look like little glowy dots. I want more stars. I am an exploding firework.I pretend that more stars are around me. I love stars! I feel little dots of light. I touch the stars with my fireworks. I worry that there’s not going to be any more fireworks… [more]
I am a kid who gets bullied. I wonder why kids bully me. I hear the sound of their feet going by. I see a big storm of them. I want them to give back my Earth. I am the Keeper of Earth.I pretend that they will be nice to me. I feel the urge to tell on them. I touch the remains of Earth they left behind. I worry that they will break my Earth. I cry because the Master of Earth thinks I destroyed… [more]
MeCards4Kids® allows the inner life of the child to become more visible. Through their collages and accompanying poems, children develop a greater sense of belonging to themselves. They find greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and real joy at being seen. -- from How to Make MeCards4Kids®
MeCards4Kids® is an innovative collage and poetry process for children. It evolved through the close collaboration of Nancy Weiss, a practicing psychotherapist and SoulCollage® Facilitator, and Jane Raphael, a master kindergarten teacher.
MeCards4Kids® addresses the whole child in a fun and engaging manner. It encourages children to develop and articulate self-awareness and creative expression through an integrated and experiential process that increases visual, oral and written skills.
To make a MeCard, first children create a collage; then they write an ‘I Am’ poem inspired by that collage. The ‘I Am’ poem consists of sentence starters that stimulate their imagination. With its focus on social, emotional and intellectual development, and its capacity to draw children into their internal selves, MeCards4Kids® helps children gain an appreciation for their many self-aspects and affective states. In Stella's words, "My MeCards are the many sides and pieces of me!"
Because collage-making does not require “artistic” skill and young children can dictate their poems to an adult, the MeCard process is accessible even to pre-school children. Images are everywhere: in newspapers, torn papers, magazines and even junk mail. In addition, making MeCards requires no artistic "talent."
In this light, Langdon tells us,
You don’t have to be a good artist to make an awesome MeCard. You just have to have feelings and imagination!
Please explore this site! Delight in the many MeCards that are illustrated on these pages. Buy the book, How to Make MeCards4Kids®: Creative Expression for Children and the Grown-ups in Their Lives, and discover the joy of making MeCards with all the special people in your lives!