Every once in a while, we all have a bad dream. For many of us, the dream ends once we wake up. For others, they aren't as lucky. Their bad dreams can still affect them long into their day making it hard to focus in class.
This pack includes four activities designed to help students let go of the negative emotions associated with a bad dream so they can get back to learning.
Activity #1- Dream Catcher and Poster
Have students keep the poster somewhere near their bed. They should look at it before they go to sleep and mentally check off each step. Once they're ready for a good nights sleep, relax the mind and focus on the positive.
Students can use the foldable to dive deeper into the steps for sweet dreams by drawing pictures and answering questions.
Example: How can you create an environment for sweet dreams?
Draw your perfect sweet dreams environment.
Activity #2- Dream Trapper/Dream Creator
Students can walk themselves through this activity by following the steps written on the activity sheet. They start by writing down their bad dream/nightmare on the inside of the trapper and then cutting out the entire shape. Then they fold down each of the flaps until the dream is trapped. When ready, tear the dream up and throw away.
Follow all of the same steps for the dream trapper except instead of tearing it up, color and decorate the dream creator and then place it under your pillow to create the best dreams possible.
Activity #3- Write a Letter
This writing activity is a therapeutic way for students to let go of their bad dreams/nightmares and the associated feelings. Assembly is easy. Grab some crayons, glue and scissors. Double side print the letter and envelope template. Follow the simple assembly instructions to create the envelope. Once assembled, write the letter, place inside envelope and glue to seal envelope shut. For added affect, place letter in mailbox to "mail" it to the Dream Processing Center.
Activity #4- Dream Catcher Activity Sheet
Have students follow the four steps on the worksheet to create their own paper dream catcher to hang above their bed to attract sweet dreams.
These activities will help your second through fourth graders combat the negative after affects of bad dreams. I wish your students nothing but sweet dreams always.
The Crafty Counselor
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