Big Emotions Snow Globe

Activity Glossary

Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Objective

I bet you are wondering what on earth a ‘Big Emotions Snow Globe’ is, right?!? Well, snow globes are those pretty little ornament thingys that have water and glitter inside them and when you shake them up, the glitter falls to the bottom of the dome like snow. They are often momentos or souvenirs collected by people when they’ve been on a holiday. I like their glittery goodness and think that they are really cool!

Have you ever noticed how our brains can feel a bit like a snow globe too? Sometimes we get all shook up and overwhelmed by big feelings like anger, sadness, worry, and confusion. This can often happen when we are having a Friendship Fire® or when we are dealing with Mean-on-Purpose behaviour. We can get swamped by those messy, tricky feelings and our thoughts and feelings just swirl around in our head, making us feel fuzzy…like being in a snow storm! When we’re in this storm, things feel so crazy that we sometimes stop making good decisions and choices.

When our head is spinning, it helps to take a few deep breaths and let our swirling thoughts and feelings settle down. Think of your thoughts and feelings like the snow in a snow globe. When your thoughts and feelings are calm and settled, you can get on with things and solve problems easily. What do you think would happen if you just sat quietly and waited for the snow storm of thoughts and feelings in your brain to settle down? This activity might help.

Key Outcome

Your child will learn how to calm themselves down during those emotional storms by sitting with big feelings until they settle.

 

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