Change 6:6 S

Theme: Dealing with Change

In this activity, the child will be aware of his/her response to change and will learn torecognize own emotions when dealing with it.

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Change 6:6 S

Goodbye Puppet

Theme: Dealing with Change

Intensity: One-On-One

Song:

In this activity, the child will be aware of his/her response to change and will learn to recognize own emotions when dealing with it.

Materials

  • Song lyrics
  • A puppet
  • tuneTOON
  • A large paper plate
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Washable markers
  • Crayons
  • Safety scissors
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Art supplies

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, the child will learn to recognize his/her emotions and others' emotions when dealing with change.
  • The child will learn about how change makes him/her feel and how to deal with (regulate) these emotions and overcome these challenges.
  • The child will be aware of the differences in his/her reaction to change and expression of emotions as compared to others'.
  • Adults play a critical role in supporting a child's adaptation to new situations by providing the child with opportunities to understand upcoming changes and be emotionally ready to deal with them.

Desired Outcomes

Suggested Dialogue

  • When do we say goodbye?
  • How does it feel when you have to say goodbye to a friend? How does it feel when you have to stop playing with toys because it is time to clean up?
  • How does your body feel when you need to say goodbye?
  • Who do you ask for help when you are having a hard time saying goodbye to someone? What would you say to a friend when he/she is upset because he/she has to say goodbye?
  • What do you say to yourself when you need to calm yourself down?
  • Can saying “Goodbye” be a positive experience and an opportunity to a say a new “Hello” ?

Instructions

  1. Sing IT'S OKAY TO SAY GOODBYE with the child, using the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the child about what the song is about. Show the tuneTOON and ask the child to describe what he/she sees. Ask him/her how he/she feels when he/she needs to say goodbye to a parent or a friend.
  3. Ask the child to share his/her experiences with saying goodbye.
  4. Discuss how it feels when we need to say goodbye to a person we love or a toy we love to play with.
  5. Begin to make a puppet with the child that can help him/her feel better when he/she needs to say goodbye and face a new hello.
  6. Provide the child with the paper plate and help him/her make the puppet face and decorate it.
  7. Help the child glue the popsicle stick to the back of the plate so he/she can hold the stick when playing with it.
  8. Ask the child to share and reflect on how making the Goodbye Puppet made him/her feel.
  9. Ask the child to share why and how the puppet can help him/her cope with goodbyes.
  10. Sing IT'S OKAY TO SAY GOODBYE with the child again using the puppet he/she created.

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