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Understanding addiction and the way it affects those around us can be a hard topic to cover not only for children, but also for adults. Books are a resource we can use to educate and lessen confusion around addiction.
Sometimes our emotions can feel out of control, similar to a swirling tornado. Use the tornado shaker as a visual for these feelings and help children learn to practice calmness and patience as the tornado calms down.
What You'll Need:
Clear water bottle
Fill the clear bottle with water, but leave room for the other items
Add baby oil to the bottle to help the items float
Add the glitter, beads, and rocks to the bottle
Securely tape the cap on the bottle
Shake up the tornado as a visual about how our anger can feel out of control and chaotic, but then stop, put it on the table and watch all the items float to the bottom. Let the child knew that they are practicing patience and calmness as they watch the items settle, and that is an important skill.
One of the "big" emotions that we experience is anger. Sometimes acknowledging our anger and finding healthy ways to express it can be really hard. So, what are some things you can do when you are feeling angry?
Taking Deep Breathes- Check out the video called " Just Breathe" where kids talk about how to use deep breaths to calm down when they are experiencing anger and other "big" emotions.
Calming Jar - Create a calming Jar! A calming jar is one way to "shake" off these big emotions. Calming jars gives us a chance to release our initial frustration, time to think about what we are angry about and why, and an opportunity to sit with these thoughts and feeling
What you'll need:
A jar with a lid (mason jars are great to use)
1-2 tablespoons of glitter glue or clear glue
3-4 tablespoons glitter
Fill the jar with warm water, leaving a small gap at the top for shaking room
Add the blue, glitter, and food coloring in the jar. The warm water will break up the glue which makes the glitter move more slowly in the jar.
Screw the lid on tight and shake until ingredients are mixed
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Everyone gets angry sometimes, but having a hot temper isn't cool. We can't take our anger out on other people when we are mad. it's important to remember to take control of our anger level.
A simple activity that will explore emotions and feelings.