Five Anxiety-reducing Crafts for Kids
We know a few adults who could do with these too.
We know a few adults who could do with these arts and crafts for anxiety too.
It can be difficult to spot the signs of anxiety in children. They may complain about a sore tummy or they may even begin to avoid certain situations they used to enjoy. If you’re ever concerned about your child, it is always best to seek advice, starting with your GP or family doctor and go from there.
In the meantime, you can try crafting your way through it together with these craft activities.
5 Arts and Crafts for Anxiety
1. Make a squishy
If you’re wanting to level up your crafting skills, you can make something that will continue to give the gift of calmness to your child into the future.
You can make a squishy using slime and a clear balloon with this video instructional, or craft yourself a hacky sack that can double as a stress ball (and isn’t as messy to make) via this great tutorial here.
2. Colouring in
Colouring in has been known to help people of all ages practise mindfulness which can help improve general wellbeing. It’s also lots of fun and doesn’t require much skill at all.
There’s a great range of colouring in worksheets here, including our favourites, like this compilation of 75 activity sheets to keep the kids entertained or these 7 pages for mums so they can stop stealing their kids’ colouring in.
3. Make some slime
If you’re a little more daring, why not let your kids make a little mess (as long as they clean it up afterwards!) with our popular borax-free slime recipe. There’s a great video tutorial here that will guide you through the process. This is another great craft idea that will continue to give back as your child keeps their hands busy paying with it for days to come! For another twist, try out some unicorn slime too!
4. Make a worry doll
If you have a little one that mis having trouble sleeping, why not try crafting this adorable little worry doll. All you need is some scrap materials and a hot glue gun, and your child can tell their worries to their doll and place it gently under their pillow and let go of their worries for the night. A worry doll (or trouble doll) can be a reliable listener for a child who feels as though the weight is on their shoulders.
5. Put together a sensory tray
For those younger kids who may need some extra stimulation at home, try making a sensory play tray. Toddlers can explore the various textures through touch and put their imagination and creativity to work!
This article was first published on KidSpot and republished on theAsianparent with permission.
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