The back to school time period is overwhelming, even for kids who can’t wait for school to start.
New teachers. New classmates. New rules. New schedules.
It’s hard for adults to adjust to these types of changes so it’s easy to see why even the most easygoing kid may feel a little anxious. And even easier to see why kids who don’t love school or have big worries may start to tune out or meltdown.
Being anxious about school, or anything, is tough for both kids and the families that want to help them. Luckily there are strategies and tools kids can use that work well.
One of these tools are easy to make worry stones!
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Worry Stones for Kids
Dayna Abraham, author of The SuperKids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day, wants to equip kids with these tools and strategies to empower them to deal with every day life. Her book is full of easy-to-implement ideas for SuperKids and their grown ups. She teaches kids about why they do the things they do and gives them the skills they need to express their needs.
Dayna explains to kids in her book that, “worry is a very normal thing, but it sure doesn’t feel that way when your heart starts to race and your palms get all sweaty.”
She created Wizardly Worry Stones help!
Make these worry stones with your kids and teach them how to use them to name their worry and calm themselves down.
How to Make Worry Stones
A traditional salt dough takes on a magical spin with the addition of sparkles and an accompanying calm down strategy.
Making the Salt Dough:
- warm water
- gel food coloring
- sparkly glitter
Mix 2 parts flour and salt in a bowl. Add 1 part warm water and stir it to create a doughy paste. If it is too dry add a little more water until a dough is formed.
Tint the dough with the food coloring and mix in the glitter.
Now turn the simple salt dough into a worry-busting tool by having the kids form the dough into small cubes and indenting the sides a little bit with their thumbs.
Let sit overnight or until completely hardened.
How to Use Worry Stones
Dayna tells kids to gently rub the sides of the stones with their thumbs and forefinger to calm themselves down. She encourages kids to put them in their pockets to use when they are going to face a situation that may make them worry–like starting a new school year.
She also suggests naming their worries and talking about them with their grown ups. You guessing about your kids’ behaviors is never as effective as them telling you what they need. Helping them make new friends when they are worried about having to walk down the hall to use the bathroom doesn’t work.
Teaching kids to advocate for themselves and “train” their grown ups to realize their needs is a large part of why her book has been an instant best seller. Kids can actually use The SuperKids Activity Guide to change their own lives!
Buy The SuperKids Guide
Love the idea of making worry stones to beat back to school worries? Then you will love the rest of this book!
I could go on and on describing how awesome is is, but the subtitle really says it all.
Awesome Games and Crafts to Master Your Moods, Boost Focus, Hack Mealtimes and Help Grown-Ups Understand Why You Do the Things You Do.
See what I mean?
You need this book!
With chapters covering Rocking Morning Routines, Magical Mealtime Solutions, Whizz-Bang Waiting Hacks, Stellar Learning Secrets, Incredible Play Ideas and Maxin’ and Relaxin’ Nighttime Rituals kids can learn to master their day from morning til night.
Ready to buy?
Order The SuperKids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day from Amazon or Barnes and Noble!
Want to know more?
Check out The SuperKids Guide website!
Worry stones are a great idea
Cindy Muschany says
When you say 2 parts flour and salt, does that mean for example- 2 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 1 cup warm water? Or do you mean 1 cup flour, 1 cups salt, 1 cup warm water?
Megan Sheakoski says
I am sorry that is so unclear! I need to update it!!!!! Thank you for asking. It is the first option, 2 cups flour, 2 cups salt and 1 cup warm water.