A Bad Day

Does your child ever have a bad day? How do you help them deal with it? Books are one way to talk about bad days and to brainstorm about how to handle them.

These picture books are easy to read but great for any child, as the themes and lessons are ageless. The activities or discussion ideas are simple and appropriate for a wide range of ages.


Activity Ideas

1. Research Australia. After reading Viorst’s book, talk about how people have bad days all over the world. Research Australia by going to the library or looking it up online. Would a person living there have fewer bad days? If you could pick any place in the world to have a bad day, where would it be and why?

2. Mood Chart. Read about moods and then make a chart by folding a piece of paper in half and then in half again. Title the first column “moods” and list the moods that you read about in the book. Title the second column “Identify” and list ways you can identify this mood in yourself. Title the third column “Change” and list ways you can change your moods. Be creative. If your mood is happy, for instance, you could write that cleaning the entire house by yourself is a mood changer. Title the fourth column “celebrate.” How can you celebrate, understand, and experience your mood even if it is sad or angry?

3. Feelings and Words. After reading about feelings try to write down the feelings that you often have. Try to come up with creative ways to describe those feelings. Compare them to foods or animals or colors. Talk about how you feel inside. Write down a few sentences about five feelings and then use those sentences the next time you need to communicate your feelings.




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