• Draw or trace a shield shape onto the cardstock or cardboard.

• Cover the shield with paint or paper to provide a nice backdrop for the child's artistic expression.

• Have the child visualize their worry dragon and imagine what sort of shield will help protect them from this dragon and their worries. For example, what personal strengths do they have or what personal resources do they use that help them cope when they are feeling worried? Together, think of how the child can symbolize these strengths and resources on the shield. A lion might represent courage, for example, or a sun symbol may represent how calm they feel when at the beach.

• The child can glue on any symbols, pictures, or embellishments and allow the shield to dry.

Hang the shield in a place where the child can be reminded of their strengths and resources that help them combat their worries and keep them at bay

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