The Release Box: A Lesson in Letting Go of Difficult Emotions

Grade Levels
2nd - 6th
Formats Included
  • PDF
7 pages


A free lesson for helping children who are struggling with heavy or difficult emotions.

Recently, our family dealt with grief in the form of a beloved pet dying. Through this experience, we were reminded of how important it is for children to talk through their emotions, and if possible, to process these emotions through a healing activity.

Difficult emotions like grief can be challenging for children to handle. Current political dynamics have also created a great deal of strong emotions in children, that they shouldn't have to carry and yet they do. We believe it is important for children from age 5 to 12 to understand that these emotions are not evil and they have a place but do not have to be kept inside for all time. They can be...released.

For more information about what is included, check out our detailed Blog Post about the Release Box: The Release Box.

* Release Box explanation: This lesson explains how every emotion is important, but that some are for the short-term, and then can be released. Others can be nurtured like seeds that will grow in our heart and finally grow fruit that can nurture us and others. This is not a religious based lesson.
* Heart-Tree Visual
* Heart Tree Hand-out for children
* Release Box Paper Craft
* Emoticon and Word Sheet including a Note for parents or teachers which suggests how to have a "Release Box Ceremony" where children can either throw away their used emotions that they no longer require, and choose to keep or store the emotions they wish to bear fruit in their heart tree.

We created this packet in an attempt to provide something like an emotional release for other children struggling with difficult emotions as well.

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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