Sometimes we feel trapped by our circumstances, or by our feelings.
This activity encourages pupils to think about the things which make it difficult for them to be themselves, to be the person that they’re meant to be. Sometimes it’s things on the outside (external) that make life difficult, like other people or our circumstances. Sometimes it’s things on the inside (internal) that make life difficult, like fears and low self-esteem.
If they want to, pupils can crawl inside The Cage (a simple shape made out of garden wire, with all the sharp edges removed) and then peg their responses onto the inside walls. Sometimes it is best to tie the top of The Cage to the ceiling, so that it doesn’t buckle and sag as more prayers are pegged onto the wire (or as it is leant on!).
This prayer activity works best in a corner, and with a team member nearby to listen if the pupil wants to talk about what they’ve written, and to protect the student from being interrupted by other pupils.