Whether you’re an adult or a kiddo, worries can creep up on you and sometimes feel overwhelming. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently shared their concern for children’s mental health, citing a national emergency. If you’re wondering how to help your kids take control of their big feelings, try making your own Worry Monster Box! It’s an awesome craft to use at home or in the classroom to build healthy coping strategies.

What is a Worry Monster Box? How does it work? The Worry Monster Box is a simple craft you can make with your kids. Once you’ve created the box, anyone can use it as a physical way to help put worries aside. Encourage kids to write or draw their worries on a piece of paper and then drop them inside the worry monster’s mouth, so they don’t have to carry their stress around with them. When kids write down or draw their worries, they are naming and containing the concern, which then makes it feel more manageable. They can choose whether they want to talk about what they put in the box – they are in control of their worries!

Here’s what you need to get started:

How to create your own Worry Monster Box:

Creating a Worry Monster Box with your kids is an opportunity to develop critical coping skills and to build mindfulness into their daily routine. Encourage kids to use the box as a tool to help cope with big feelings. Once you get comfortable with the new routine, it’s a great way to discuss together what else you can do to “put the worries away.” Remind your child that worry is a feeling that comes and goes and talking about it can help.

If the box doesn’t always work or you’re looking for other ways to help them identify and cope with feelings, you might also like:

Find the Feeling Matching Game
Emoji Mood Cards
Recognizing Feelings and Emotions Video