New experiences for kids can be really anxiety inducing; changing their environment can be daunting for them. Resulting in anxiety, worry, and stress. Today we are sharing some anxiety worksheets for kids to help them to learn how to deal with new environments to minimise the stress that they are feeling.
Some children when they leave the safety and security of their familiar surroundings can be lonely and a little bit of a negative experience. Helping to teach our kids how to manage these big feelings when they experience change and new environments is another way that they can build resilience in the face of adversity and develop the confidence they need to manage their feelings in the new environments and even to develop new friendships.
This activity is the final one that we have from the book 50 Wellbeing Lessons for the Diverse Primary Classroom, written by Manisha Taylor, who is the owner of Swaggarlicious.
50 Wellbeing Lessons
by Manisha Taylor
This book contains 50 great ideas for helping kids to understand their own mental health, and to develop resilience.
Manisha developed her own passion for kids Wellbeing after her twin brother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at 18.
The book is aimed at 8 to 11 years of age, and is not only there to support teachers, but also parents to help their kids build resilience and understanding around the big feelings that we all have in life.
How with this anxiety worksheets for kids help
The aim of these worksheets for kids are:
- To aim to help kids to understand and respond to a wide range of feelings,
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of anxiety so they are better placed to help themselves when they experience these feelings,
- Realise when they need to ask people to support them, and
- Help to manage the big feelings that they will experience in their life.
What is involved in the new experiences activity?
To start with, kids can discuss what new experiences they have had, or things they have done for the first time. Then they can talk about how those experiences have made them feel. Examples might be
- Starting a new sports club,
- Moving to a new dentist, or
- Trying out a new activity.
After this, explore the story that they kids are going to be told about Lucas. Lucas is a young boy, and he has moved home. As a result. he has had to move to a new school. The kids can talk about Lucas, and how he is feeling about this new school, and what from the story makes them think he feels that way.
Specific questions that the kids could think about would be:
- What are Lucas’ feelings about moving house?
- What is he missing and how do we know this?
- What are Lucas’ feelings about attending school?
- What in the story shows us that he is a little apprehensive about the new school following his move?
What do the anxiety worksheet for kids look like?
In order to do this activity, we have provided three worksheets for the kids. Two of them help provide the information for you about Lucas, and how he is feeling about school. The kids can colour in the picture of Lucas and his school, perhaps using colours that reflect his feelings on what is happening. They could even use colours to show how they might feel in the same situation as Lucas.
The other worksheet is a Dear Diary resource which allows the children to explore what Lucas might have written in his diary about his experience.
In addition, you could ask the children to think about how they might feel starting a new school now they have heard about Lucas. Do they remember what they felt like when the started school? What might they have written in their diaries about it?
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