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Create a Dream Chain to inspire the world you want to build. What would bring joy? What would make the world a better place for all? Seek inspiration from the ICA exhibition The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, where artists reimagine the world through their perspectives, then dream up a world of your own.




Rubber bands


Paper tags


Drawing materials


Tape (optional)



1. Link all of your rubber bands together to form a chain. Follow the photos or watch the video below.
a. To start your chain, place one rubber band on a flat surface, this will be band #1 (pictured as red). Place a second band (#2, pictured as beige) to the right of band #1, and slightly overlapping on the right side of band #1.

Two rubber bands lying on top of each other, intersecting at the middle.

b. With your right hand, hold down band #2 to keep it from moving. With your left hand pinch the inner side of band #1, and lift it over band #2. Thread it through the loop, pulling it under the outer side of band #1. Pull tight and you have your first loop.

Folding a rubber band over another to create a knot

Placing a rubber band through another rubber band

Threading through a loop of rubber bands to create a knot

Creating a loop with a rubber band entwined with another rubber band

Pulling together a knot of two rubber bands

c. Repeat these steps on either the outside edge of band #1 or band #2. Keep repeating these steps until your Dream Chain is the length you want. 

Two rubber bands chained together next to a single rubber band

Pulling a rubber band through a loop to create a third chain

2. On individual tags, draw or write about the things that you would like to see in your world. Feel free to use both sides of the tags. To help inspire ideas, try answering the following questions: 

Who are some people who make you feel happy?

What is your favorite animal(s)?

Where would you like to visit one day? 

What is your favorite food? 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

If you had a super power, what would it be? 

If you could change anything in the world, what would you change? 

3. Attach each tag to your rubber band link by tying or taping the tag strings to the rubber bands.  

4. Hang your Dream Chain somewhere special to remind you of the world you want to build.   


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This activity was created by Flolynda Jean, Education Assistant, Studio Programs