Activities Visual Arts

Drawing a Tree of Your Life

A digital drawing shows the black outline of a tree with the words “family”, “personal wellbeing”, “dog”, and “friends” written in red below the tree. Next to the word family is a drawing of a stick figure family with 2 parents and 4 children. The branches of the tree show milestones of “grad school”, “college”, and “first apartment” written in blue. Green bunches of leaves on the tree feature memories of “Jayden’s birthday”, “family vacations”, “Karaoke night”, “family dinners”, “visiting the Philippines”, and “decorating for Christmas” written in green.
Drawing by Ali Asbury

How To Do It

  • Supplies: Paper and any drawing supplies you have (pen, pencils, markers, crayons, paints).
  • Draw a tree of your life: Roots are the most important things in your life. Branches are your milestones. Leaves are specific stories or memories (write key words).
  • Share your work.


  1. What are the roots of your tree?
  2. What is your favorite thing on your tree? Why?
  3. What is the most important thing you put on your tree?
  4. How is your tree similar and different from your partner’s tree?
  5. What do you hope to add to your “tree” in the future?
  6. Imagine your parents made a tree. How would that tree differ from yours?
  7. Would you enjoy planting trees and gardening?
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