The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside, illustrated by Frank Rodgers
A reassuring picture book encouraging children to open up about their fears and anxieties to help manage their feelings. The perfect book to soothe worries and anxiety during stressful times.
At the end, asks: Do you have any worries? If you do, it’s really important to let someone know. If you feel anxious or not sure about things – talk, let others help. They will help you. Make sure you share your worries and your problems so others can help you.
Reflect on the story.
Who was the main character in the story?
How were the worries making Jenny feel?
Who helped Jenny with her worries?
How did Jenny feel at the end of the story?
We can use a dictionary or a thesaurus to find other words that have a similar meaning. Some of the words have a stronger meaning. We can put them on a scale to show how worried somebody is.
Look at these words:
Take a piece of paper and draw a horizontal line across the page. Now write the words above, on the line, from the weakest word for ‘worried’ to the strongest word for ‘worried.’
Read, cut and stick adjectives – see below.
You can try the same for 'happy'. Here are some words and expressions to start you off:
- over the moon
What can we do to overcome our fears?
- Tell someone how we feel – our parents, teacher…a friend.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us.
- Think of positive things and be brave. Cuddle your teddy or read a story.
Make a poster to help people deal with their worries. Share your ideas and have a go!
- How can we encourage others to share their problems so they can get help?
- What will be the key message in bold text?
MAYBE: Share your worries – Talk about your worries - Talking helps
- What eye catching picture could you draw?
Sad face – 2 faces talking - Happy face
A bin marked worries and a happy child with a caring adult