Importance of Activity:
- This activity will help your child recognize strong negative emotions and think about ways to control anger and problem solve.
- Developing methods to control emotional and physical responses in appropriate ways is a lifelong skill that every adult and child needs in order to maintain healthy relationships.
- Child uses language to communicate.
- Child recognizes own skills and accomplishments and takes pleasure in performing them.
- Strengthening parent-child relationship
- Child knows the relationship between cause and effect.
- Child understands perseverance.
- Child develops ways to respond appropriately and problem solve.
- Show me your angry face. Show me your frustrated face.
- Let’s draw an angry face on this balloon! Remember, it is okay to feel angry.
- What do you think will happen if you squeeze the balloon as hard as you can? Why?
- What do you think will happen if I keep blowing air into this balloon? Why?
- Expressing your emotions is very important. It is healthy to let others know how you are feeling.
- Sing the song with your child while looking at the “Getting Mad is Not the Way” activity tuneTOON.
- Place the mat on the playing area.
- Arrange the craft supplies in front of your child on the playing area.
- Say, “Today we are going to make an angry balloon!”
- Talk to your child about what it feels like to be angry, frustrated and/or jealous. Share how you feel when you are angry (how your body feels and how you calm down).
- Now it is time to make an angry balloon! First give your child a balloon and a permanent marker. Ask them to draw an angry, frustrated or jealous face on the balloon with the permanent marker.
- When he/she is done drawing the face, give him/her a funnel and a type of dry food (beans, rice or cereal). Have him/her fill the balloon with the dry food item, as much as possible. Tie the balloon tightly.
- Talk about the need to express emotions. Relate the expression of feelings to the balloon by explaining that if we do not express our feelings and we keep our emotions inside, we will soon break down (just as the balloon would explode if it is too full or if you squeeze it too tight).
- You can also blow air into a balloon. Have your child observe the balloon changing size and the thickness of the elastic. Show your child that when elastic stretches too much, it will break. Again, relate this to expressing emotions.
- End the activity by singing the song again with your child.
- Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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