MVPA 2nd Graders Make Worry Stones

MVPA 2nd Graders Make Worry Stones
Posted on 08/28/2020
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Second grade students at our MVPA made Worry Stones to help relieve anxiety and soothe worrisome thoughts during the school day. Mrs. Stane used the Promethean Board to show students how to work with the clay to create oval, smooth stones. Students chose three colors of polymer clay. They then rolled the clay into a ball, or rolled it into a thin snake-like shape, and then back into a ball. Once they had the colors mixed together well, she helped them to lightly press their fingerprint into each Worry Stone. Second grade teachers will bake these stones and give them back to students. Students will keep Worry Stones at their desks to use when they are worried or anxious. Mrs. Stane explained that to use the Worry Stone, students place the stone in their hand and rub the smooth sides with their fingers or they can put the stones in their pockets and use the same hand motion there.

The Worry Stone activity is a creative way to help students feel more comfortable communicating about moments or experiences that make them anxious. They can also continue to use the stones throughout the school year as a consistent solution for working through anxiety and stress. 

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