Importance of Activity:
- In this activity, you will help your child identify what makes him/her mad and help your child develop ways to calm down. Your child’s ability to recognize his/her emotions will also help him/her deal with them. The ability to regulate emotions is an important life skill for children and adults to master.
- knows own characteristics, preferences and experiences
- recognizes own skills and accomplishments and takes pleasure in performing them
- strengthen parent-child relationship
- develops ways to control responses
- develops socially appropriate communications
- What makes you mad?
- How do you calm yourself down when you are mad?
- When I get mad, I calm myself down by closing my eyes and taking a deep breath.
- How does your body feel when you get mad? When I get mad my body feels warm and my heart feels like it is beating very fast.
- It is okay to feel mad. When you get mad you have to do your best to use socially appropriate words to express yourself.
- Sing the song, “I Need to Use My Words” with your child.
- Place the mat on the playing area.
- Arrange the craft supplies in front of your child.
- Say, “Today we are going to talk about what makes us mad.”
- Use the suggested dialogue to talk to your child about when he/she gets mad. Emphasize the importance of self-regulation.
- To make the “I was mad because ____” cards, look through magazines and find pictures of angry/mad facial expressions.
- Cut out the pictures and glue each one on an index card.
- When you are done, play the game by holding up an index card and asking your child to finish the sentence, “I was mad because ____.”
- When your child finishes the sentence, write it on the back of the index card (or help your child write it on the card).
- Repeat the process with each index card. Once you are done playing with the cards, punch a hole in the top left corner of each index card. Put the cards in a pile and line up the holes. Use a string or yarn to tie the cards together. Keep the cards in a safe place, so that you and your child can create more and/or use them again.
- End the activity by singing the song, “I Need to Use My Words” again with your child.
- Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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