This is a 1-page printable worksheet to help children identify and communicate sources of stress and coping strategies. It uses the visual metaphor of a bucket filling up and emptying out to represent stress levels.
Children are instructed to draw or write causes of stress above the bucket, like school demands or friendship issues. These are depicted as taps filling the bucket. Below the bucket they depict things that help relieve stress, like sports or pets. These are shown as taps emptying the bucket.
The worksheet aims to foster self-awareness about stressors and healthy coping mechanisms. The simple visual concept makes it accessible for young children. Completing it can facilitate conversations with caring adults about supporting the child’s emotional needs.
This creative tool could help school counselors, social workers, therapists, parents, and other professionals teach children to recognize and manage stress. Identifying positive outlets may build resilience. The worksheet is adaptable for stressors and interests of individual children.