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Drawing your fears

Drawing, speaking & listening activity

1. Distribute a piece of paper to each child.

2. Ask the children to draw something that scares them on the piece of paper and then fold it.

3. Collect slips in a box or hat and then jumble them up.

4. Re-distribute the slips and ask each child to describe the picture they see before them.

5. The classroom teacher can record the type of fear or anxiety described by the children on a flip-chart e.g. fear of animals, people getting cross, fear of not being collected from nursery etc.

6. Discussion can initially centre on how feeling frightened makes you feel. Ask the children to describe what happens to their body when they are frightened. What happens to the way they move, stand or the expression on their face?
The classroom teacher and the children can thus investigate the way the body reacts when in situations of fear, the effects of adrenaline and the “fight or flight” syndrome.

7. Talk with the children about what helps when they are afraid, upset or anxious. Examples might include someone to talk to, someone to help and support, sitting quietly on your own, being with friends.

8. Ask the children to draw things which may help and construct a wall chart using their responses.

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