For a young child, starting a new school year, riding on the school bus, or doing something alone for the very first time can be scary. Help your child battle her fears by teaching her how to make a bravery badge that she can wear the next time she needs a little extra courage. As she learns more about what it means to be brave, she'll also enlist her creativity, using fun colors and stickers to come up with her own special design.
What You Do:
- Sit down with your child and discuss situations that make her feel scared or uncomfortable. Talk to her about what bravery is and how it helps us stay positive when we're trying something new for the first time.
- Have your child pick a few colors of construction paper that she likes and that make her feel brave. Then, have her trace circle shapes for her badge. Encourage her to trace circles of all sizes, and when she's all done, she can pick which colors and sizes she likes best.
- Have her cut out the circles, following her traced lines with scissors. This is a great way to boost her hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
- Once the circles are cut out, it's time to decorate! She can use the star stickers and draw lines and shapes with markers in any design she wants.
- Have her pick a few different-sized circles and layer them, putting one on top of the other, largest circle on the bottom and smallest on the top. Then, help her glue the circles in place.
- Once the glue has dried, help her by writing something on her badge to remind her to be brave, such as, “I am Brave,” or, “Bravery Power!”
- Now, glue the ribbon in an "X" across the back of the badge.
Once the glue is dry, the badge is ready to wear! Help her attach it to her coat or shirt with a large safety pin. Now, she's ready to face anything!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.