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Box Up My Worries

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Decorate a box to store your worries, and write down your worries to put inside.

What you’ll need: old boxes - like packaging, cereal boxes, pringles packet, paper, paints and coloured pens

What’s it for?

This activity helps to express any concerns and worries. It allows a worry to be thought about then safely ‘boxed’ away.

Check In:

Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.

  • How are you feeling?

  • What are you thinking?

  • How does your body feel?


  • Find an old box or cereal carton and decorate it so that it can become a place to safely box away your worries - it could be a ‘worry monster’ or a ‘worry companion or friend’

  • If you want to give your ‘worry box’ a name and include this in your decorations

  • If possible design a post-box style opening in your box to ‘post’ your worries or a flap that you can open up and down to deliver any worries

  • Using a piece of paper either write or draw your concern or worry

  • Once you have finished your worry, talk to your ‘worry companion’ about the worry or a parent or carer if you prefer

  • Fold up the piece of paper and tap it 3 times and say ‘goodbye’ to the worry and either post or deliver the worry to the monster or companion who can hold the worry safely

Extra activity:

  • Discuss with a parent or sibling more about your worry and the reason that you wanted to box it up after talking/writing/drawing about it

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did it help to think about your worry?

  • Did you prefer to write down your worry or draw a picture?

  • How did it feel to name your worry?

  • How did it feel to say ‘goodbye’ to your worry?


Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?

If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity, or would like to send us any pictures ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Sarah Kong © March 2020


Creative Art: Art

Psychological Area: Emotional Wellbeing, Resilience, Self-Exploration

These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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