Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Worry Warriors

According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to remove worries from sleeping children. Children tell one worry to each doll when they go to bed at night and place the dolls under their pillow. In the morning the dolls have taken their worries away.  With that same premise in mind, my Stress Relief group makes Worry Warriors.   
To make these cute little guys, I save up medicine bottles, remove the label and allow the students to decorate as they please.  We use googly eyes, sharpies, pom poms, chenille sticks, ribbon, glitter, etc. You get the picture. Once their Worry Warrior is complete, we glue it to an upside down sticky note pad. Whenever the students have a problem that they are worried about, they take off a sticky note from the bottom, write down their worry, fold it up, and give it to the Worry Warrior to worry about.
The children really enjoyed making these and when I saw one of my students over the weekend, she came up to tell me she had already given her Worry Warrior a worry and it worked!

Fantastic Foil Forget-Me-Nots

Here's a simple activity that I do with my grief groups.  During one of our meetings, we focus on a favorite memory.  To save this memory forever, I have the students draw a picture of the memory on the back (non-shiny side) of the aluminum foil with a dull pencil.  It's best to use thick foil and a dull pencil so the foil does not tear. This creates a 3-D effect on the opposite, shiny side of the foil. The student then flips over the picture and colors in the picture with sharpies to make a vibrant, colorful, 3-D picture.  I wrapped the foil around an old thank you card, but any kind of cardboard to make it sturdy will do.  Finally we used Popsicle sticks to frame the picture.