About Me Bags

Age Range: 5 - 17 years
Time Required: 10 - 20 minutes
Fundamental: World Guiding

Learn more about each other and more about yourself!

Materials Needed

  • One brown paper bag (or an old gift bag) per girl
  • Variety of Magazines (*include or suggest all types of magazines- Camping, fashion,
       food, surfing etc not just 5 New Ideas)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Textas


  1. Working in Patrols or as individuals each girl takes a brown paper bag and writes their name on the outside.
  2. The girls then look through magazines to find pictures of how they see themselves, these pictures they stick inside the bag.
  3. They then look for and find pictures of how they think other people see them, these go on the outside of the bag.
  4. Examples of pictures they may like to use are- fruit & veg for HEALTHY, a cartoon for FUNNY, make up for GLAMOUROUS, Party food for FUN, stationary for ORGANISED, trees for OUTDOORSY, Flowers for BEAUTIFUL, a dancer for GRACEFUL. They may also like to cut out words and use them.
  5. Girls in the Patrol may come across pictures that they think suit the outside of their friend’s bag and can pass them on. 
  6. Girls in the Patrol or with the Leaders may like to discuss why they have chosen pictures on the inside and outside of their bag and how or why they are different or they may like to keep them to themselves.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

This can be done during Patrol time or during Unit time as a tool to start conversations about self image, abilities & positive qualities. The conversation will probably be quite girls led. 

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

The Unit Leader can set up the activity to be done during meeting time, Online or in person.

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

When working in Patrols it is easy to see if everyone is contributing, pictures can be found for each other and often then a reason for choosing it is given. Some girls may be quieter and not share as much. This is OK too and Leaders can lean more about the Guides in their Unit.

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

What can we do differently next time?
What other activities could you do with your new skills?
How did it make you feel?
What did you like or dislike?
What did you learn?

Activity source and acknowledgements

Activity Source
Centenary Challenge 2010 – Understanding Myself
Junior Spark kit -1989


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