SUMMER ORANGE: USING MOVEMENT TO REGULATE EMOTIONS
When children experience big feelings, movement can provide them with an outlet for their emotional energy, expressing what they are feeling in a safe way. There is actually a direct connection between our physical and emotional selves, so movement can be an effective strategy for kids when they are dysregulated. It helps to have a variety of movement activities in your child’s toolbox that will fit their temperament and the situation.
This week the Puppet Kids experience different emotions. Coach Carl, a visitor at Puppet Pal Camp, teaches them a variety of games involving movement. Some activities help to wake up the body and brain, while others are calming. The Puppet Kids also learn some exercises to help them release frustrations in appropriate ways.
Your kids can join in, following simple directions and learning some fun movement activities that can be used later, when they are experiencing uncomfortable emotions. Run off the poster, so your family can refer to it when big feelings pop up.