There’s something surprisingly calming about working a lump of clay with your hands. In honor of National Play-Doh Day, September 16, we thought we’d show you how modeling clay and other items in a self-soothing kit can help calm an anxious or upset child.
It is typical for kids to have worries and to ask their parents questions about those worries. For example, it is not uncommon for a child to worry about a natural disaster befalling their town after learning about one on the news. It’s also typical and appropriate for a child to then ask their parents about the likelihood of a similar disaster occurring in their own hometown. However, some children are not satisfied by having their question answered once or twice.
Feelings can be confusing, and managing them is a challenge, even for adults. When your child understands that emotions or stress affect her body, it will be easier for her to manage those feelings. You can teach your child a simple model that demonstrates the brain’s reaction to stress. Understanding why her heart races, her tummy feels strange, or she feels flushed or shakey can help her manage her reaction.
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