Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Imagine your worries as balloons and then blow them away!
What you’ll need: A piece of paper, coloured pens or pencils, scissors
What’s it for?
This activity helps you think about your worries and how you can let them go.
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?
Cut out five balloon shapes. Make sure they are big enough to write in.
Spend a moment thinking carefully about anything you are worried about.
Write or draw these worries in the balloon shapes.
Place these ‘balloon worries’ on a smooth table top or on the floor. Place the balloons that have the worries that you’re most anxious about closest to you.
Imagine that the balloons are in the sky on a windy day. Blow each balloon off the table / away from you on the floor, imagining that you are blowing the worry away.
Continue, until you have blown all the balloon worries away.
Extra Activity: Draw a sky for the balloons to sit in and glue them in place. What kind of sky would it be? Where would you place the balloons? Near the ground? Far away?
When you’ve finished playing / writing spend a moment thinking about your story, ask yourself the following questions:
How did it feel to name your worries in the balloons? Was it difficult?
How did it feel to blow the balloon worries away?
How could you blow your worries away in real life?
Actually naming and thinking about our worries can give us a certain amount of control over them.
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?
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Created by Ian Grundy © March 2020
Creative Art: Art, Creative Writing
Psychological Area: Emotional Wellbeing, Anxiety
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.
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