Resources & Activities

When Our Worries Get Too Big!

Coping with Anxiety

Activities for Kids

Notice Five Things

Pay attention to your breathing - take some deep breaths until you find a good pace for yourself...breath in slowly and exhale slowly. Acknowledge five things around you. It can be anything. Then notice four things you can touch around you, three things you can hear around you, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. This exercise helps to ground you in the present.

Take 10 Breaths

Close your eyes, gently breathe in through your nose, mouth closed-count for 6 seconds and then exhale for 6 seconds. Allow your breath to leave your body slowly and gently.

Drop Anchor

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Draw Your Emotions

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One Mindful Bite

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Silence Game

This is for kids aged 2.5 to 6 years. Carrots are Orange provides the Montessori Silence Game here.

Fight, Flight, Freeze

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Worry Tree

Access the Worry Tree mobile application at

Hug stuffed animal, squeeze a pillow, use a stress ball

Hugging stuffed animals, squeezing a pillow, and using a stress ball are a few examples of things you can do on the spot when you feel anxious. Touch is a means of increasing social connectedness during bouts of panic and anxiety. It is helpful to relieve existential angst.

Tools kids can use to cope with anxiety

  1. The goal is not to eliminate the anxiety, but help a child manage it.
  2. Do not avoid things just because they make a child anxious.
  3. Express positive-but realistic expectations.
  4. Respect their feelings, but do not empower them.
  5. Do not ask leading questions-use open ended questions beginning with who, what, when etc.
  1. Do not reinforce the child's fears.
  2. Encourage the child to tolerate their anxiety. Acknowledge it.
  3. Try to keep the anticipatory period short.
  4. Think things through with the child.
  5. Try to model healthy ways of handling anxiety.


"The F.A.N. Club puppets teach you stuff that is important, like not to bully."
– David, 7

"I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us."
– Alexis, 9

"Every time we heard the F.A.N. Club was coming, we knew it was going to be a good day!"
– Callum H.

"After all these years, I still sing the Friends and Neighbours Club them song, and now my kids sing along with me."
– Erin W., a former student.

"As an educator, I looked forward to F.A.N. Club presentation. Why? Because not only did it meet the educational requirements with the Ontario mandated curriculum, but it also gave my students the opportunity to talk freely about the issues discussed."
– Liz M.

"I loved seeing my child’s face light up when the F.A.N. Club came to visit."
– A grateful parent

My children are all grown now, but I wish that when they were in school, they had had access to something like the F.A.N. Club. It deals with many of the hard issues that young people experience while growing up in a very age-appropriate and relatable way. The F.A.N. Club helps them to learn coping strategies and the correct words to help them express themselves and navigate their way through some pretty tough situations. I have a daughter with severe anxiety and I know she would have benefited from a program like this when she was younger.
– Jan Watkins

I remember the F.A.N club bringing to life topics that were sometimes difficult for kids to talk about. The skits related to real-life situations children and their families would be dealing with and sometimes not talked about. The puppets/puppeteers broke down those barriers for kids where they could feel safe to ask questions and be entertained at the same time.
– Sharon Neff