The huge bag of worries - Elsa Support for emotional literacy

The huge bag of worries

The Huge Bag of Worries is one of my favourite books. It is amazing for helping your child with their fears and worries.

It tells the story of a little girl who carries around a huge bag filled with worries. (‘The metaphor is little monsters).

The story is about a little girl called Jenny. Her worries follow her where ever she goes. The are with her at home and at school. They are in a big blue bag that she carries around with her. She tries lots of ways to get rid of the worries but they always come back.

There is so much you can do with this book to open up those conversations.

One of the activities I like to do after reading the book is to give a child a bag and using potatoes add them to the bag one at a time so they get a real feel of how worries can weigh you down. After putting a few potatoes in then take one out at a time as you offload those worries to to someone. The bag feels lighter and you can feel lighter and happier.

Another book that is a similar concept but for bereavement is ‘The heavy bag’ by Sarah Surgey.

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