Friday, April 28, 2017

Puzzling it Out - Families Working Together For Individual Success

I bought these 24 piece puzzles in Target's dollar isle a while ago and just got inspiration for how to use them.

I gave a box to each member of a family to put together, but earlier I exchanged pieces between boxes (I was only using 4 boxes and moved 2 pieces from each box into other boxes).
Then we processed the exercise. Some points that can be discussed are how they needed each other to complete their personal puzzle, how competition impacts the exercise if they decided to race, what did each person do when they realized they didn't have the right pieces, etc.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lying Worksheet

Sometimes people are unaware of lies they tell or how they came to telling the lie.  This worksheet dissects a lie.  The worksheet could also be used to look at a behavior, perhaps with someone who bullies others.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Coping Skills Treasure Hunt

This is a fun activity for a group - especially of young kids.  I used business cards and printed a treasure chest on one side and a gem with a coping skill on the other.  Then I "hid" them in the room.  As individuals searched and found them, they did the action on the card.

Examples of card actions:
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Do a finger maze.
  • Fill your cheeks with air, hold for 5 seconds, exhale.
  • Place your hands on opposite shoulders and squeeze.
  • Get a fly off your nose without using your hands.
  • Stand in a circle. Going around the circle, each person says "When I feel ____, I do ____." Everyone follows the action.
  • Do a guided meditation.
  • Draw an emotion.
  • Crumple paper and throw it into a basket.
  • Compliment someone.
I'm sure you can think of others.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sandtray alternatives 2

This is a lazy Susan with cloth and figures. What I like about this alternative is the circular shape and the turning.  The circle allows for a mandala effect and all that goes with that. Turning allows a child to easily get around their "sandtray" and view or build it from multiple perspectives. It is not messy and is easy to clean. Fabric is also a good way to introduce color in a flexible way.
On the down side, it is large and figures must be packed separately. In addition, if you have figures which lack stability there is no support for them.