Identity Doodles - Puzzle Pieces


For use in conjunction with Identity Doodles Lesson Plans (sold separately).

Identity Doodles is a workshop for all ages that asks participants to individually decorate a small puzzle piece representing their unique identity, then come together as a group to connect the pieces as a way to discuss collective identity.

Identity Doodle puzzle pieces are available in two styles:

Pendant-style puzzle pieces

Ideal for small groups, short workshops, and students younger than 10. Pre-drilled holes allow participants to string cord through and wear immediately.


  • 2.5" x 2.5"
  • Solid Cherry Wood
  • Backside painted black
  • Customized logo possible for quantities of 200 and over
  • Made at the Eighth Generation studio in Seattle, WA

Mural-style puzzle pieces with adhesive backing

Best for large groups or when the goal is to create a large collaborative art piece for permanent display. Adhesive backing lets participants stick puzzle pieces together on a flat surface.


  • 4" x 4"
  • Maple Wood Veneer
  • 3M Adhesive Backing


The Identity Doodles activity was born in 2006 when Louie realized the highly verbal workshop methodologies he had learned in graduate school just didn’t result in outcomes that reflected how deeply young people were impacted by racial and cultural identity. After seeing many youth struggle to verbally describe their own identities—because they lacked practice, or weren’t comfortable articulating what made them unique—Louie designed Identity Doodles as a way of meeting them closer to their comfort level.

The result is a highly adaptable activity in which participants are asked to explore identity through art, and verbal components can be modulated to match the communication abilities and preferences of the participants. Featured in Education Week Magazine in 2007, the Identity Doodles activity is praised for the way it challenges Western notions of identity—which tend to focus on the individual—by boldly incorporating the concept of group or collective identity.

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