This activity is perfect for addressing and calming bedtime fears and worries. I have used it also as my daughters are traveling away from home. My daughter will call on the phone when she is away and request that we co-create a safety bubble so that she will feel safe and calm.
Safety bubbles can be used when going to school to help a child feel safe. Also before a sporting event, going to the doctor, a challenging conversation, or anytime your child wants to establish greater feelings of peace and security. They can be imagined around the body, around the bed, or around an entire room, house, or car. These bubbles can be drawn out during artistic expression to further establish their creative presence.
- 1. Tell your child that you are going to create a space where everything feels safe.
- 2. Imagine that there is a bubble all around you.
- 3. Ask your child what color he/she would like to create the bubble.
- 4. Explain that this is a bubble of love, peace and calmness. It is a bubble that has only good feelings inside of it. It surrounds you and keeps out any feelings or thoughts that don’t help you to feel good at the moment. This is a very strong bubble. Nothing gets through your bubble that you do not want. This bubble can be any color that you would like. (At this point you can explain how blue is often associated with calm energy, green with healing energy, yellow with bright happy or creative energy, pink with love energy, and red with powerful energy).
- 5. After you have practiced imagining that there is a safety bubble all around your child, he or she can add sparkles, stars, sprinkles, trucks, power action figures, or whatever else to personalize the bubble. Make it fun and creative, there are infinite creative possibilities.
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