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

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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Thomas, Bonnie, 1971-

Creative coping skills for children : emotional support through arts and crafts activities / Bonnie Thomas; illustrated by Bonnie Thomas. p. cm.

ISBN 978-1-84310-921-1 (pb : alk. paper) 1. Children-Life skills guides. 2. Child development. 3. Emotions in children. 4. Creative activities and seat work. I. Title. HQ767.9.T485 2009 155.4'1246--dc22

2008043850

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

ISBN 978 1 84310 921 1 ISBN pdf ebook 987 1 84642 954 5

Printed and bound in Great Britain by Athenaeum Press, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Contents

Introduction 7

A Note about Materials Used in these Projects 9

A Note about Coping Skills 10

Part 1: Coping Skills and Strategies 11

Coping Skills and Strategies: A Starting Point 13

Putting Words to Feelings 18

My Book about Feelings 19

Finger Labyrinths 35

Thinga-ma-finds 37

Reminder Rings 39

Support Bracelets and Necklaces 41

Support Bracelets and Necklaces: One Step Further 43

Stepping Stones and Power Pathways 45

A Box of Blops 52

Mandalas 54

Power Animals 59

Power Animals: One Step Further 60

Coping Skills Tool Kit 62

A Pirate's Survival Guide 64

Taking Care of Me 76

Wish Fairies 88

Wishing Wands 92

Butterflies 94

Snakes 96

Pirate and Princess Bags 98

Helping Children Manage Unstructured Time 100

Part 2: Specific Interventions for Worried Children 135

Worry Dolls 137

Worry Warriors 139

The Worry Dragon 141

Protection Shield 143

Dream Catchers 145

Worry Vacations 147

The Worry Wall 149

Worry Pizza 150

Time Out 152

Hope and Prayer Flags 153

Part 3: Specific Interventions for Grieving Children 155

Memory Stones 157

Mini Memory Garden 159

Memory Shrine 160

A Memory Candle 162

Messages to Heaven 163

Sewn Memory Creations 164

Prayer Flags: Part 2 166

My Little Book about a Big Loss 167

The Stomp Box 190

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    What is creative coping skills for children?
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