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Balloon feelings

A lively game to get siblings running around as well as talking about their feelings about home situations

You will need

A balloon for each sibling, sticky labels with different feelings words written on them – one feeling for each balloon, dance music and plenty of space.

How to do it

  • Ask each sibling to stick a label on a balloon and stand in the middle of the room. When the music starts playing the group must work together to keep all the balloons in the air at the same time, and when the music stops each person catches a balloon.
  • Then ask a sibling to read the label on their balloon and to think of a time when he or she has felt that way. For example a sibling may say that they felt happy on their birthday or sad when their sister was in hospital.
  • Play the music again and repeat until each child has a turn (or after several turns if the group is large)

NB You should only do this activity if you are able to use natural rubber latex balloons that you deflate, cut up in tiny pieces and dispose of safely and responsibly after the activity.

Body feelings

This is a fun activity that encourages siblings to think about their own responses to feelings.

You will need

Large sheets of paper (a roll of lining paper works well), pens or felt pens

How to do it

  • Ask a sibling to lie down on the paper and draw around their body. This can be a group activity with one outline, or you could put them in pairs/small groups to produce lots of outlines.
  • Ask siblings to think of feelings they have and to draw how these feelings affect them in their body e.g. worried – wrinkles on their forehead; nervous – butterflies in tummy, anxious – sweating under arms; proud – holding head up high, anger – volcano exploding from the head.
  • Colour in the body as appropriate to the feeling e.g. red for angry, blue for sad; pink for happy; green for jealous
  • Talk about times when siblings have had these feelings e.g. feeling angry when their brother or sister damaged homework; feeling proud when they or their brother or sister did well at school or sport