Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Wearing My Heart on My Sleeve: Healing Play
Issues: Unexpressed Feelings
Purpose: To help children identify, respect, and communicate feelings.
Materials: Variety of colored paper hearts (laminated hearts are an option) and double stick tape or regular masking tape.
Procedure: Post colored hearts on a wall along with a list of suggested meaning for colors. You may use the list here or encourage children to select their own meanings for the colors.
Blue Green: Worried
Dark Green: Comforted
Navy Blue: Scared
Pink: Jolly or silly
Silver: Lonely, brittle, cold inside
Encourage the children to wear hearts, when they want, to communicate how they are feeling. You and other adults should participate. The hearts could be reusable and stored in a special place.
Source: Making it Better: Activities for Children living in a Stressful World, Barbara Oehlberg, Redleaf Press, 1996
Posted by Sara at 10:30 AM