Stickers

Individualized items for the contents, for example 0 Sketch pad and drawing supplies Uplifting and encouraging notes written by adults 0 Journal 0 A squishy ball for squeezing 0 Favorite quotes 0 A favorite perfume sample from a magazine A collection of items that are soothing to look at or hold (e.g. marbles or collector's cards)

Snakes

Snakes need to shed their skin in order to grow and thrive this is another metaphor children relate to in the face of change. Create these snakes with children as you talk about changes. What changes has the child experienced Has the child ever moved Changed schools Changed teachers What was it like to experience these changes How did the child cope with change What advice does the child have for another child experiencing change These snakes are wonderful decorations to hang in your home,...

Quiet and soothing coping interventions

Play some quiet relaxing music Hug a stuffed animal or pillow Make a favorite recipe (with adult supervision) Remind yourself that everyone has bad days now and then Think of five things you are grateful for Sip some relaxing tea or warm milk Soak your feet in warm soapy water close your eyes and relax Listen to some meditation or visualization stories Build a fort with pillows and blankets and hide inside Turn your situation and feelings into a comic strip Think ofwhat has gone right today...

Putting Words to Feelings

Children need the vocabulary to define how they feel. They are much less likely to feel overwhelmed if they can put words to their emotions. Find teachable moments to talk to children about feelings in general. This will help children build their vocabulary around self-expression. Voice your own feelings so they can hear and make the connection between feelings and words. The following workbook is a tool to help you communicate with a child about some basic feelings.

Protection Shield

Now that the child has created their dragon, they need to make a shield to protect them from it and their worries. This can be a creative process in that they can choose any size shield they desire, as long as you have the materials for it. I have worked with children who have made teeny tiny shields that we turned into pins so they can be worn (we simply hot glued a pin to the back but the child needs to be able to attach and remove the pin safely). Other children have wanted shields to be...

Mini Memory Garden

Sometimes children get sad when a person or pet is buried in a place they can't visit too often. With a mini memory garden you plant one garden at the place where a loved one is buried memorialized and you plant one garden at your own place. Both gardens are identical. When your garden starts to bloom and grow, the child knows the other garden is also blooming and growing. It's a nice connection for the child. This project requires that you are able to visit that place (i.e. cemetery) at least...

Materials

A piece of dark fabric size 10x5 inches (25x13cm) fleece is an easy fabric to work with Sewing needle and dark thread Sparkly embellishments (optional) Jewel and treasure pieces, for example Pretend gold coins (found in party supplies) 0 Real pennies Glass gems and beads that look real (i.e. red gems look like rubies, green gems look like emeralds) 0 Pretend jewels and jewelry (found in party supplies) Plastic gold and silver beaded necklaces (found in party supplies)

Introduction

I have to admit I rarely read the introductions to books. I am usually too eager to move on to the content or I am really short on time. I'm an official Introductions Skipper. But as the writer of this book I can hardly skip this particular intro. That being said, this book came about for one main reason I wanted to write a book that helps both parents and professionals teach children coping skills in unique and engaging ways. There are some wonderful parenting books and other media that help...

Hope and Prayer Flags

Prayer flags are a beautiful expression of people's hopes and prayers in times of struggle. Children can make their own prayer flags by decorating squares of muslin cloth with their hopes and wishes, or prayers. The flags are hung clothesline-style along a string and then hung in the wind where the breeze will carry the hopes and prayers to heaven. This activity is especially nice when done in a group setting (such as with a support group or with a family) as it can be a wonderful visual to see...

Glue

Permanent marker (for drawing facial features) Embellishments e.g. sequins (optional) Cut a wishing strip of paper and write on it. Wrap your wish around your fairy's body. Glue the wish around your fairy's body. Glue a piece of fabric around the fairy's body. Cut out rectangles for making the arms. Colour the rectangles and then roll them tightly. Tape the rolled paper so it doesn't unroll. Glue the arms onto the fairy and then draw a face onto the fairy. Choose the fairy's wings - colour and...

Get Your Scissors Ready

Take off your socks and draw silly faces on your toes. Will any of your toes have a moustache Eyeglasses A curl of hair A beard Make up silly stories about your toes. Better yet, make up a musical. Sing up some silly stories and make those toes sing and dance Give each toe a different voice a baby voice orgrumpy old man voice, oreven a principal's voice. If you haveayoungerbrotherorsisterthiswill make them giggle. If you havea dog or cat this will make them crazy and they may try to eat your...

Directions

Cut a piece of scrap fabric to be your warrior's cloth or armor. You can even wrap your warrior in aluminum foil if you want armor that's really shiny. Glue and wrap the material around the clothespin. Find some scrap paper or aluminum foil to tightly roll into arms. Cut arms into desired shape and glue onto sides of warrior. Glue some yarn or string onto head if hair is desired. You can also construct a helmet out of paper and glue into place. Create a sword and shield out of cardboard and...

Details to consider

How many heads does the dragon have Does it have scales, lumps, and bumps or is the skin smooth If the child is feeling creative and wants to take it a step further, have them create an image of their dragon (i.e. draw, paint, scribble, or make a stick figure of it). If the child feels completely devoid of artistic talent you can always print an image off the internet for them to color or collage over. Ask the child to visualize him- or herself standing in front of the dragon. You can even...

Worry Vacations

Images Coping Strategies Early Labour

It can be helpful for a child to use their imagination to visualize their worries going elsewhere for a bit so that they can take a breather and just be a kid. Here are some simple visualizations that take only seconds for children to imagine. Imagine you are lying outside someplace safe and comfortable. You are lying back, watching clouds pass slowly by. Each time you think of a worry or have a worry thought, send it up into the sky and onto one of these clouds. Watch the worry float away on...

Power Animals

Many cultures tribes embrace power animals or animal medicine, believing that animals have their own strengths that we can learn from. Some children enjoy claiming their own power animals for helping them through tough times. Although there are many methods of helping children discover their power animals, the simplest may be just talking to them about the skill or resource they need in order to feel more confident about facing current challenges. For example, a teenager wishing they had more...

Finger Labyrinths

Printable Labyrinth Designs

Labyrinths are ancient patterns that have often been used in meditation. There are many forms of labyrinths, many of which are walking labyrinths. If you ever find a walking labyrinth near you, try walking one with a child. Many children love the winding paths of labyrinths. They also tend to rush through them. (I have been told by labyrinth owners that this is typical. Children need less closure than adults and they will walk or run the labyrinth at the pace that works for them.) To find a...

Create a Mad Story

Coping Skills Coloring Sheets

Once upon a time there was a very angry___. I knew it was angry because smoke was coming out of its___. I could tell it was furious because its______________was turning the color of ______________ . I could tell it was enraged and aggravated and irritated because it was stomping its ____________________________ . Draw a picture showing why the ______________ was so mad

Physical and sensory input interventions

Take a five minute brisk walk Play with play dough or clay Suck on sour or spicy candy Play some favorite music loudly Hug a stuffed animal or pillow as hard as you can Knead some bread or pizza dough Squeeze your muscles and then relax them Scribble on paper see how much of the page you can cover Sip a hot drink not so hot you burn yourself, of course or a really cold drink Write your feelings down in a journal Tear and crumple up a phone book or paper but ask an adult first if the item you...

Examples of Blop Boxes

Mustard Seed Coloring Page

A plastic storage box filled with dry rice, popcorn, lentils, or dried beans. The child can run their fingers through the contents for soothing. A container of smooth round beach rocks. The child can hold rocks in their hands for comfort sort rocks by shape, size, or color or, if given a cup of water and a paintbrush, paint the rocks with water. Containers of the following can be sorted and looked through for soothing Buttons Small miscellaneous fidgets and toys e.g. a dice, a spring, paper...

Taking Care of Me

Waking Taking Bath Eating

Sometimes, even adults forget that simple strategies like eating healthily and getting enough sleep helps us regulate our moods and behavior much better. This is an activity book to help children learn and use some self-care skills. There are many ways people can take good care of themselves. If you take good care of yourself, you will have a stronger foundation for coping with day-to-day stressors like frustration, disagreements with friends, problems at school, and so on. One way to take good...

Pirates Survival Guide

Coping Skills

Many children these days are struggling with multiple challenges related to poverty, addictions, and family tension. It can be very difficult for children to put words to these experiences and even harder to express their needs and feelings around them. However, if you externalize their problems it can make it easier for them to do so. A Pirate's Survival Guide is a child-friendly tool to help children talk about how to cope with multiple challenges as well as express their feelings about them....

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY BONNIE THOMAS Jessica Kingsley Publishers London and Philadelphia First published in 2009 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers 116 Pentonville Road London N1 9JB, UK and 400 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA Copyright Bonnie Thomas 2009 Illustrations copyright Bonnie Thomas 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any material form including photocopying or storing it...