Updated: Nov 25, 2019
Being able to recognize what you are feeling and why you are feeling it can be really difficult. Having the ability to stop and figure out what you need in a particular moment is something you only achieve through practice, being honest with yourself, and trial & error.
This illustration by @journey_to_wellness_ helps us understand how to identify and process our emotions, which in turn, helps us self-regulate.
The only way to know what works best for you, is to try out various coping strategies. For example, when you find yourself stressed, try taking a walk, doing a quick breathing technique, or playing a game with a friend or family member. Keep track of what works and what doesn't!
Sometimes, we just need some random activity to disrupt our weed from growing. That's why we have included this craft for "Self-Regulation Pinwheels"! If you are feeling sad or overwhelmed, spin the wheel and see what calming or relieving action you should take to address that problem. It's a great way to try new coping strategies!
What you'll need:
Cut a small circle out of one of the paper plates, a slightly larger circle from the second, and cut flower petals from the third.
From the scraps cut out a very small circle, poke two holes in the center, and thread through your twist tie. Poke one hole in the center of each of your paper plates. Paint the plate with the petals like you would a flower and the two other plates colors of your choice.
Attach all three layers - small circle, larger circle, circle with petals - by poking the twist tie strands through and securing.
Then, cut out a square on the small circle and write "I feel..." above the cut out. On the second layer, write some of the difficult feelings you experience - stress, anxiety, sadness, frustration, impatience, etc. Then on the out layer, write some enjoyable activities or techniques that help you disrupt the negative - taking a walk, reading a book, playing outside, walking the dog, etc.
When you feel some of those difficult feelings coming on, spin your wheel of petals and give that coping strategy a try!
Did you do this activity with you students or with you kids? Send us pictures of your pinwheels! This craft is a wonderful example of how to incorporate SEL art projects into your classroom. Thanks for reading along and remember,