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Time Warp Capsule

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!

Help your kids remember the many beautiful and unique moments they experienced during this time!

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Objective

During this uneasy time, our primary goal is: Keeping Kids Connected. Research shows us that social connection is the most powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. We are committed to helping bring positivity, fun, and friendship to kids around the globe.

In addition to offering regular live lessons in our virtual URSTRONG Classroom, we have curated a collection of friendship-themed activities for kids to do at home.


During times of stress, there is an opportunity for parents to intentionally foster balance.  Mindfully approaching this period is so important as this recent post from Smiling Mind advocates. We can do the following:

  • Reassure children that they are safe
  • Limit media exposure
  • Focus on positive stories and spread positivity
  • Spend time as a family

By pulling together when times are tough, we can develop emotionally robust relationships that build legacy for family and friends.  Combining these, with fun-filled activities and music will undoubtedly reframe our world view.

Key Outcome

Your child will intentionally notice and archive things to be grateful for in their present relationships.

Materials

  • Print out this workbook from Natalie Long at Long Creations
  • Bits and bobs to fill your capsule (items that represent this moment-in-time)
  • A capsule (e.g. a recycled poster cylinder from the post office, sturdy shoe box, etc.)
  • Pens, paper and craft items
  • Print out a few photos (e.g. what your family looks like now, where you live, special people that you have connected with, etc.)
  • A journal (optional) for the older kids to create their own

Instructions

  1. If you need to, take a few moments to ‘Ground Yourself’ before gathering materials. Smiling Mind has beautiful meditations to help us feel more at ease.
  2. Spend time with your child talking through the workbook. If they are older and more independent, let them use it as a guide to create their own in a journal.
  3. Choose a page to start on and enable them to feel the joy of completing a page with purposeful intention. Put to one side and continue mindfully with other pages.
  4. When complete, enjoy some precious family time sharing your capsule, respecting that there may be some things that are for your child’s eyes only.
  5. Close the capsule tight and write on the front with a permanent marker the names, date and rough content. Your child may wish to decorate this too!
  6. Be thankful! What beautiful things have been shared and discovered during this time warp activity?

This project is something that you may want to take your time with, adding into your capsule over the coming weeks. Don’t forget to date all your entries.  What a precious archive this will become.

Next Steps

Time Warps always need us to move through space and time. Enjoy busting out your moves with this great Time Warp YouTube video.  You’ll feel fabulous as that serotonin is released and your children will have a good laugh to boot! 😊