Anger is something everyone experiences and it is often triggered by frustration. Understanding why we are upset, frustrated or mad is the first step in finding a solution. It's okay to get angry, but it's not okay to take the anger out on someone else as in punching someone or throwing something. Understanding what triggers our anger, is the beginning process in being able to learn steps in calming down.
Art Activity: Volcano
Scroll to bottom of post for the volcano outline. Cut out a volcano in brown paper, and the top of the volcano in red or orange paper. Glue the pieces of the volcano on the background paper. From the bottom of the volcano up, mark five places as follows: 10, 25, 50, 75, and 100 at the top of the flame. Use something as a marker; a penny or a nickle work well.
Going through scenarios from, When Sophie Gets Angry, or the scenarios listed below. Place your token on the level of anger (or no anger), on the volcano.
10 is calm and 100 is the angriest. Ask: If someone took your cookie without asking, how angry would it make you; pick a number (Odds are a child will pick a fairly high number). Ask: What if someone pushed you down on the ground, how angry would you be then; pick a number. Obviously, someone pushing you down is going to make a person angrier than taking some cookies.
1. A child grabs your toy doll/truck from you.
2. Your parent gives you cookies for a snack.
3. Your friend doesn't sit with you at lunch.
4. A child trips you on purpose and you fall.
5. Your parent is not listening to what you are trying to say
Brainstorm ways to calm down, and practice each one. This may be a review for some, but it is good to repeat this process.