I’ve always been a worrier; I remember experiencing so many worries especially as a child. My worries were truly a result of my anxiety over the unknown-most being things that were out of my control. Sometimes, writing down our worries, or the things we cannot control that seem to be spiking our anxiety, can help us not only to recognize them, but also to see if we can look deeper into what could really be going on. Is your kiddo worried about/not wanting to go to school because they know they have P.E. tomorrow and they hate P.E.? Could it be something even more than that? Doing the worry box activity with your child can help not only you, but the child themselves to be more open and honest about the “bigger picture” of their worry, thus allowing themselves and you to identify how they can best feel supported.
Microwave socks can be used as a comforting and grounding tool for any age. Grab a fun sock, throw in some uncooked rice, sew or super glue the opening of the sock, and you’re done! Throw it in the refrigerator, freezer, or heat it up for 10-20 seconds in the microwave and hold, place on neck, or forehead for a cooling or warming sensation.
This cube game is a fun way to start to introduce storytelling. Print off two paper cube templates (you can google these!) and follow the template directions to create your very own paper cube. On one cube, write a number on each of the different sides. On the other cube, write a letter on each of the different sides. The person who is going to be creating the story rolls each cube. Whatever number they roll on the number cube will be the number of sentences they can use to create a story that has a beginning, middle and end. The letter they roll on the letter cube will be the letter the first word that each of their sentences has to begin with. You can adjust the numbers on the cube based on the age group-lower numbers to make it harder/easier, or you can set a timer for the person creating the story to raise the stakes. The next step to this drama activity would be to take that story they wrote down and act it out-or better yet, expand on it!