Not everyone can make it to the Clubhouse for program days so we decided to share one of the activities that the kids got the chance to experience this month so that you can do it on your own. The activity is called the “Relax Jar” and it is designed to help manage emotions and define and identify difficult emotions. The jar allowed them to create something that they can use to help relax and calm them when they feel they need an outlet for their emotions. Before the activity began the kids were asked questions about times when they have felt they could not calm down.
Materials needed: Mason or baby food jars (with lids), food colored rice, beads with the letters R-E-L-A-X, sequins, small colorful beads
- Each child will receive a Mason jar, colored rice, bead letters, some sequins, and a variety of other small beads.
- First, the children will fill the jar about a quarter full of some of the rice they have. Then they can put in some of the small beads, sequins, and a few of the letters. Then they will continue to put more rice in followed by the rest of the ingredients until the jar is filled, but leaving a little space at the top of the jar so that everything will have space to move around when shaken.
- While the activity is going on, explain to the children why what they are making is important and why it is a good thing to use during certain times.
Once all of the children have finished filling their jars with materials provided; have the children practice using the jar by shaking it up and trying to find the letters to spell out R-E-L-A-X. Ask them questions about when they think it would be a good time to use next and what other types of things besides the relax jar can they use to calm them down or what things they already do an or use to calm down and relax.
This exercise was adapted from http://thecreativecounselor.blogspot.com/2012/01/relaxing-rice.htp