Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 14 2012

Angry Birds--Who doesn't know about Angry Birds? Kids sure do. For this project I used simple materials (green plastic cups from the dollar store) and painted images of those famous pigs on the front (you can also print off images and Mod Podge them on too!). 
The concept for this activity is simple--practicing and reinforcing coping skills! Set up the pigs just like you would see them in the game--stack them on chairs, put some up high, get creative! Prep the client that they are now facing all their 'angries' (the pigs) and they must use their coping skills (the balls or birds) to knock the pigs down!
Provide the client with three balls and prompt them to state, then practice a coping skill. Once they successful are able to do this, they can move forward and attempt to knock down the pigs. The object is to reinforce the idea that the more coping skills you utilize, the easier it is to knock out those angries!

A great place to begin with a new client is to start a journal. Some of your kiddos might have a hard time starting or staying motivated, stay tuned for more ideas on starting and continuing a journal for different ages, but for now-- decorate a journal to introduce the idea. By decorating the cover using Mod Podge, photos, and images from magazines you can make a journal more appealing and personal.  This is also a great way to break the ice and get to know your client!

Masks, Mask Masks! Feelings are a hard thing for kiddos to talk about--BUT masks really can help break down the walls. Gather up some paper plates, popcicle sticks and any coloring device you have. Prompt the kiddo with a list of various emotions or work together to brainstorm your own list. After you have developed some ideas, have them create masks that represent any feeling(s) they chose. On the back of the mask, you can have them write out a situation which triggered the feeling or you can role play the feeling (use the masks during the role play!)

Recipe of a Mind Jar! Take a jar--with a lid--put lots of glitter in it (the more glitter the better), next put in a little glue (or glitter glue) and some food coloring (if you want). Put glue around the lid and put the lid on tight--Now shake it up! Mind jars work for numerous tasks--anxiety (the glitter can create a great visual for anxiety swirling inside us), coping skills (the glue makes the glitter settle at a slow rate-which allows the client time to re-focus), or during conflict to take a break(planning a time to talk after the glitter settles, giving everyone a chance to calm down). 


  1. Do you put water in the jar first? Just glitter and glue would dry up and harden and not really be effective!

    1. Hey! So, you put it all in so fast (right after each other) that the glue doesn't have time to harden : ) I have done it both ways and have never had a problem either way...whatever works for you!

  2. Great posts! It would be helpful if you added appropriate age groups for activities.