In one TFP lesson, participants sculpt different types of relationships out of play-doh. This year, some participants agreed for us to share pictures of their creations on the blog. Check out these creative depictions of different types of relationships!
The Conditional Relationship
The students used play-doh to create a mask signifying how in a conditional relationship, one partner may feel like they have to play a part in order to maintain the relationship. In a conditional relationship, partners do not feel comfortable being their authentic selves.
Mostly Sexual or Material Relationship
The students in this group sculpted two individuals sitting on a bed facing away from each other, signifying that they do not feel emotionally close. Rather, their relationship is based on feelings of infatuation. The students placed a bill of money on the bed, showing that material interests are another factor bringing this couple together.
Equal, Respectful, Supportive Relationship
To represent this relationship the students constructed a heart which they said symbolized “true love” as true love is possible when both partners are respectful and supportive of each other. Beside the heart, not pictured, students used pipe cleaners to spell out the words “True Love.”
The students made two play-doh figures who look happy and content, symbolizing the fact that they feel safe and loved in their unconditional relationship. During the class discussion, the students also talked about the limits of “unconditional” relationships. The group seemed to agree that deal-breakers in relationships might include behaviors like cheating, lying or not sharing values.
Students had fun expressing themselves creatively and their play-doh creations stirred lively discussions!