Stay-at-Home Activity for You and the Kids

Stay-at-Home Activity for You and the Kids

(Submitted by Ceara Calloway, LISW, Behavioral Health Consultant, HealthSource of Ohio)

Feeling a little more anxious and worried than usual? Your little ones are likely feeling some of that as well. We have all had to find a new normal during this time, and that includes our children. Below is an activity to both keep your kiddos busy for a little while, and also help them address some of the worries they may be keeping inside.

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar
  • Paper (cut into strips)
  • Writing utensil of choice
  • Miscellaneous craft supplies (for decorating the jar)
  1. Allow your child some time to decorate and personalize their jar.
  2. Ask your child to take time to write each worry they have on a different strip of paper.
  3. Put the paper in the jar and assign a time to open the jar. This time will be their assigned “worry time” each day.
  4. At the “worry time” each day, take time to read a few (or all) worries out loud, and talk about them together.
It’s unrealistic to expect your children to simply not worry. This activity allows your child to openly talk about their concerns and hopefully alleviate stress in the long run