I Can Dance Sad and Happy Video – April 16, 2020

During this challenging time – many children (well, all of us!) are filled with many, many emotions. We need to make room for all of children’s emotions, even their very tender feelings.

Understandably, it can be hard to see our kids or students sad. We might want to rush in and make it better! But children need a safe space to feel and express their emotions.

Help children express their SAD and HAPPY feelings.

This movement activity can support kids to find some release as well as help to normalize our feelings. We all feel sad sometimes. We all feel happy sometimes. This is normal and part of being human. ( Geared to kids ages 4 – 8)

Watch the video below for the parent/teacher introduction followed by the movement and play experience for children (if you want to SKIP straight to the activity, go to 3:05).

I Can Dance My Dinner – Mashed Potatoes Video -March 30, 2020

Looking for some emotional release for your children or students? Help children get out pent up anxiety or frustration in simple, fun ways! This post is the first of a series to help kids ages 4 – 8 to find some release through play and movement!

Have you ever danced like a mashed potato? Well, today is your day!

Today we are pretending to be mashed potatoes! Watch the video below for the parent/teacher introduction followed by the movement and play experience for children (if you want to skip straight to the activity, go to 3:05). It’s short, easy and fun. All you have to do is press play and I will lead the way. Mash. Mash. Plop!

Doodle Activity – Healthy Emotional Release for Kids Video – March 26, 2020

In these challenging days, our children are filled with more alarm and frustration than ever. Most kids won’t come up to us and say, “I’m anxious. I’m scared.” But their behaviour might clue us in to how they’re feeling.

By providing daily outlets for emotional release, we can support our children to deal with what is building up inside of them in healthy ways.

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