Help Kids Cope Through Art, Play with Balloon-Powered Cars, and Make a Holiday Craft
"...You're not alone in your grief ... our world, too, has been torn apart, ... all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. We've pulled our children tight."
— President Obama, prayer vigil at Newtown, CT on Dec. 16
Helping our children cope with this frightening news is a challenge and a task we may have not ever anticipated. But in this reality, we have hope and inspiration from Newtown and know there is still good among us. As President Obama said on Dec. 16, "In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you've looked out for each other. You've cared for one another. And you've loved one another."
The Child Mind Institute recommends helping children express their feelings and also allowing them to memorialize those who have been lost through drawing pictures or telling stories.
Join the Children's Museum of the Arts during Inclusive Weekend Class, open to children ages 7 and older who have physical disabilities and to their able-bodied siblings or friends.
At home, take out paper, crayons, and markers to create notes and cards of love and encouragement for the grieving families of Newtown and for the first responders. Mail them to "Cards for Newtown:" 8 Huntington St., PMB 600, Shelton, CT 06484.
For more kid-friendly things to do this weekend, see below.