Anger Management Activities For Elementary Students
When it comes to children and their angry feelings, there are various anger management skills that are effective interventions. Feelings of anger are a normal emotion that needs to be acknowledged as part of a child’s behavior. There are many effective ways and healthy ways to deal with negative emotions that angry kids. The first step in anger management is to know the signs of anger what the anger issues are. There are possibilities that an angry child issues can lead to mental health issues if the unmanaged anger is continued. Having anger management activities for elementary students can help them deal with various events in their lives.
There are different ways, if not better ways to help children deal with these strong emotions. Expecting the child alone to deal with their emotions is only further suppressing the problems. I’ve categorized the following anger management strategies that can create a great way to a starting point to end the child struggles.
Healthy Coping Skills
Express Anger – Allow your child to express that feeling. Listen to what’s causing that anger and help them get through it. Understanding the cause can lower the frustration before it gets full blown anger mode.
Piece Of Paper And Pen – Next time your child is angry, have them grab a pen and paper and write down or create a short story of what caused the angry moment to arise. Sometimes being able to write down your thoughts can help you regroup your feelings and sort them out accordingly.
Stress Ball – One of the best anger activities to calm the anger in a little time is using the stress ball. Stress balls vary depending on each person. Some people like the squeezing affect while others like the hard surface ones. Find the one that works for your child and have it handy for them whenever they need.
Physical Activity – Sometimes a good movement activity can help you ease your mood. The following activities like walking, riding a bike/scooter, running in the backyard, swimming, dancing, or even a great game of hopscotch can calm your anger as well. Emotions are tricky and sometimes can be eased with physical movements. Engaging activities with friends or family can create a positive atmosphere.
Emotional Thermometer – Creating an anger thermometer is one of the easy steps to measure your anger scale. Create a chart of color coordination showing the anger level increase from low to high. Possibly coloring in the designated spot can help distinguish the level of the anger.
Fun Anger Management Game Anger Management Games
Fun Activity or Fun Activities – Fun activities can be what the child finds fun. Some kids like to play games or go outside and ride bikes. Others like to take a trip to the park and just walk around.
Name That Moment – One way to make an angry situation into a game can be by taking turns and stating what gets you mad. Naming a moment in your life or a thing that makes you mad can help others better understand you.
Racquet Ball – Have you ever played racquet ball or badminton? These are some great ways to deal with anger by hitting the ball.
Working Out – This one is not really a game but working out and doing any form of physical activity can help to release those angry feelings in a safe and non harmful way. By limiting what acuities are to be done,
Social Emotional Learning Skills
Emotional Regulation – Being able to regulate is tough as an adult, let alone as an elementary student. Asking a child to control their anger on their own by saying “Stop being angry” will not help any situation. Instead, sharing and providing techniques that can help their regular their emotions can be beneficial for everyone involved in the situation.
Group Settings – Kids are kids and there will be differences in opinions whether it’s at home or school. Understanding and managing these feeling in the group settings are something that the kids will and should learn to do. Everyone’s feelings should be accepted and validated as an emotion. Once they recognize other’s feelings, then it can get a bit easier in taking the steps to the solutions.
Anger Management Techniques
Professional Counselor – Individual counseling or small group counseling program can help young children expressive their big emotions through positive expressions of anger. Some people might have doubts about having their children be seen by a professional, and I totally get it. But if you’d many methods and it doesn’t seem to help, finding the professional help could be the next step in assisting with the difficult feelings.
Safe Place – Angry outbursts and powerful emotion can erupt anytime and anywhere. Always having that safe place or a safe zone to resort to can help during that hard time. Good news is that parents will always be the safe place that the children can turn to. In order to calm kids, finding the best ways to help the anger monster stay away is a key component. Incorporating a fun way or a positive way to tackle the anger scale could be one of the safe ways.
Anger Management Cards – Sometimes creating anger management cards filled with big feelings, own anger issues, and some helpful emotion can be beneficial. Referring to these anger cards, expressing ways to initiate a step towards the management can be seen as well.
Strategy Cards – Strategy cards can be used to define what activities work and what don’t The ones that work, you keep and the ones that don’t you remove them and create some new ones. Always having a plan of various options is a great method.
Some Common Anger Affirmations
- I refuse to let anger control my life.
- I control anger by expressing myself in a firm yet positive manner.
- I am not afraid to control my anger and respond to others more gently
- I let go of the anger and pain in order to welcome ew beginnings into my life.
- I release anger and forgive for my own well-being.
- When I am calm, I am happy.
- I let all negative feelings fly away.
- I am letting go of my worries.
- I transcend anger and replace it with the positive emotions of love.
- I will not angry thoughts bring me down
- I am a person with feelings
- It’s okay to be angry because anger is a feeling
Breathing Techniques – Deep breathing or taking deep breaths is one of the important skills when it comes to anger problems. In order to regulate the heart rate and prevent any aggressive behavior, it’s vital to utilize this tool for your nervous system as well.
Calm Down Kit – Gather some of your child’s favorite items and create a kit with it. Place them in a box or a container and use it when necessary. Depending on moment of anger strikes, various items can be brought out from the kit.
Simple Activities – Simple activities can be anything from listening to music or grabbing a near by book to help calm the angry nerves down. My daughter has taught herself to grab her ear phones whenever she gets overly frustrated with a situation. She focuses on the music to help her bring her emotions to calmness before she can re-think and sort her feelings out.
Bad Mood Buster Notepad – Use this notepad as a drawing pad. Have your child draw out what their feeling. Drawing can be composed of anything. People, things, places that either made them angry or that can make them happy. Whatever they feel like drawing, place it in this notepad.
By working as a whole family and using different strategies, anger management issue and the possible anger triggers can be managed for the child’s anger. Providing anger management activities for elementary students is a great way to get these children to get involved with all their feels. Validating anger is the first step. Once that is established, then you move forward with the various strategies that can be applied in different situations. These are only some of the activities and strategies that can be utilized and there might be plenty more. Finding out what works for you and your child is important.