A heart is both the physical literal beating heart AND the emotional center of love, pain and other feelings. In this activity, you’ll focus on the second kind, the heart you can’t see or touch. The heart that feels.
Georgia Heard, in her book Awakening the Heart, shares heart mapping as a technique for children to generate ideas for writing. It’s even fun to do as a family. Why not everyone create heart maps? Each person shares at dinner on different nights.
Big piece of paper
markers or crayons
Draw a large heart around the border of the paper. Within that heart, you will create a map. A map you ask? Yes. A map.
Think about it. Your heart holds so many places and memories. Can you map that? What would it look like? Would there be a border? Pictures? Words? A puzzle? A city? Heart mapping design is entirely up to your imagination. After all, it is your heart.
Questions to get started:
1. What makes you happy?
2. What do you love?
3. What is the most fun you have ever had?
4. What memory is your favorite?
5. What things or objects are important to you?
(*optional 6. What things in your heart are sad? Make you cry?)
Draw, design, write, and share.
Once you have your heart map, use it to write. Pick anything from your map to write.
P.. S. All you “grown up” writers – this is a great writer’s block activity.