I have been a big-time fan of using picture cards as hooks, or connectors to experiential moments. As many of you know I use Chiji Cards a lot for processing. I've also created my own set of picture cards from images in magazines and graphics on greeting cards. I've purchased a large (3-inch diameter) circle punch at one of those big-box craft stores. When I see a picture or graphic that suits a processing situation I might find myself in, I "punch out" the visual and eventually laminate it for my set - I've collected over 50 cards so far.
A recent favorite for me has been the Climer Cards - I wrote about these cards a while back (blog post here). Amy Climer hand painted some wonderful images and then got them made into cards. Get your set here.
Another great idea for picture cards comes from Jen Stanchfield of Experiential Tools. She sells the "Pick-a-Postcard" set of picture postcards that are great for picture processing. Of course you can start a collection of postcards yourself, but Jen provides a nice set to get you started.
With all this said, I just posted to the Resources page of FUNdoing two pages of questions developed by students from two of my Adventure Education Curriculum Design courses. Once at the Resources Page scroll down to the "Activity Tools" and look for the "Picture Processing Questions." They can be a reference for any type of picture cards. Here are a few examples:
Get To Know You Questions:
Processing Questions with Follow-Ups:
Processing Questions with Variations:
Wrap-Up Processing Questions:
My students hope these questions are useful to you and they encourage you to change them up in any way that works for your groups. And, they invite you to share your favorite picture processing questions in the comments below.
All the best,
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Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.