Create a bucket of happiness

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  • Age 3+
An illustration of a bucket with different coloured shapes streaming out

This activity helps with:

GOSH Play team says:

“If children are sad, asking them to think about things that bring them joy enables them to feel a little bit more in control of their surroundings and can provide a safety net for them. In the hospital setting, we spend time with children and young people, supporting them to share their worries in a safe space.”

A bucket of happiness is a thoughtful way of helping children with anxiety and is so simple to do.

What to do

  1. Draw a picture of a bucket, decorate a box or find an empty pencil case and add anything and everything that makes your child feel happy and safe.
  2. Think about adding a favourite toy, song, book or even dance!
  3. Add these things to the bucket until it is full of joy and makes everyone smile.
  4. You can then tap into the bucket at any time and draw on some of the resources – maybe you could have a Happy Bucket session every day.