ACTIVITIES & WORKSHEETS
If you’re looking for activities and worksheets for a child or classroom, I would definitely recommend “The Anti-Bullying Project”. 75 pages of activities and worksheets are included in addition to the story.
Worksheets focus on the following subjects: 1) emotions & interactions, 2) self-awareness, 3) problem-solving, and 4) role models. Permission is given to photocopy worksheets for educational use.
Click on a B&W worksheet to download the PDF.
Sometimes I include “Where I Feel It” pages in my books, that show what parts of the body are affected while experiencing a specific emotion.
These two pages are taken from “What Is Foster Care”, and a similar set of pages on anxiety is in “School Day Worries”. The books go on to explain how a bit of anxiety is good can help us keep focused when doing a test or crossing a street. However, too much anxiety is like a false alarm going off to alert us of danger that isn’t really there.
My newer CBT Activity Book, “Guess How I’m Feeling”, has worksheets on 8 different emotions. Click to download an example.
From “Where Is My Gigi?”:
One thing I love about this page in “Why Is Skin Color Different?”, is it makes it inclusive for everyone who doesn’t have a “traditional” family tree.
The child is the “family star”, and the houses go around the edges, to make up the different “houses” in the child’s life. The nuclear family, extended family, or even friends can be put in the houses — anyone important to the child, plus meaningful traditions (e.g., totem pole to represent heritage, Christmas tree for a tradition).
Once it is filled out, it can be cut out and folded into a box lid! A second blank copy can be cut and folded to make the bottom of the box. It becomes a small box to put things important to the child. The blank pattern that can be photocopied is in “Why is Skin Color Different?”, or you can download it here.
Younger children (ages 3-5) often become alarmed when they experience difficult emotions, especially when they are affected physically.
The book, “Where Is My Gigi: Losing Someone You Love”, helps lessen the anxiety young children experience due to physical symptoms that accompany difficult emotions. It also aims at finding coping strategies to help deal with those feelings.
The question at the end of the book, “How many ideas can you try?” is meant to encourage children to try different strategies to deal with their emotions until they find something that works for them. It is also meant to demonstrate that there are many different ways to deal with difficult emotions, not just one way.