Bibliotherapy Spotlight: King Calm

King Calm: Mindful Gorilla in the City By Susan D. Sweet and Brenda S. Miles, Authors Bryan Langdo, Illustrator Magination Press, Fiction, Oct. 17, 2016 Suitable for Ages: 4-8 Themes: Distractions, Slowing down, Paying attention to the present moment, Mindfulness Opening: In a Great Big City, there lived a gorilla named Marvin. Marvin wasn’t like other gorillas. […]

via King Calm: Mindful Gorilla in the City — Children’s Books Heal

Mindfulness and feelings Printables! 

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Here are some more free interventions to accompany the book Ursula Unwinds Her Anger! I wrote this book to teach children mindfulness skills such as noticing feelings as they come and go, slowing down to notice what is around them, accepting themselves just as they are, and forgiveness. Ursula is a dragon who doesn’t feel like she quite fits in with the dolphins she lives with but so discovers she has a skill to teach others. She changes colors when her feelings change and this is something she learns she can use to teach others about feelings too! The book is available through Amazon Click here!

Feelings colors activity page 

After reading the book, see if the child remembers the colors Ursula would turn with her different feelings in the story. Then have the child draw herself in the spaces above Ursula and identify which color she would turn…

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Flowers of feelings to notice

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Taking children on a walk outside is wonderful way to practice mindfulness (noticing all of their senses in the experience) and can be made an emotional learning experience too! Outside at this time of year, (depending on where you live of course) it is pretty easy to see and notice flowers. In my sessions with children, I will sometimes take them for walks in our butterfly garden and have them notice the flowers. I then invite them to imagine what it would be like to have a garden of feelings (this can be done in a guided meditation too). Noticing each of their feelings as a special flower in their garden. Noticing the color of each flower and how it is growing (drooping flower may represent sad, etc.).

Then discuss how all feelings come and go and we have many feelings in one day, like many flowers in a garden…

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DIY Feelings Monster

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Okay so this is a lot easier to make than it looks… I promise.
1) find an old, unloved stuffed animal, preferably one with a flat face (works better for sticking the feeling mouths on). The one I used was previously a stuffed animal of a video game character and was on its way to Goodwill when I came up with the idea, and decided to keep it. I liked it because it had the perfect flat face/mouth area and room for eyebrows too.

2) buy three sheets of felt at your local craft store (one the color of your stuffed animal- in my case light pink, one red, one black, and one blue). Should cost a dollar or less for all of them.

3) hot glue the felt piece that is the same color as your stuffed animal to the mouth area and cut and hot glue two smaller…

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