Winston the Worried Whale Book and Cards
Includes Book and 30 cards to stimulate talking with young children about a wide range of worries
By Alice Griffin
Each card presents a different worry that will stimulate open conversation and encourage children to understand how it might feel to have a worry and how they can work through their own and/or help others with theirs.
A quick and easy way to observe and monitor any anxiety issues with particular children, examples of worries include:
- I’m worried that my friend doesn’t like me any more
- I’m worried about singing in the Christmas show
- I’m worried that my trainers aren’t fashionable
- I’m worried that everyone will laugh at my new glasses
- I’m worried about my parents divorcing
Use during circle time or at any point when nurturing thoughtfulness between pupils or extracting feelings about anxiousness among young children is necessary. Perfect when used together with the Winston the Worried Whale story time resource.
Winston the Worried Whale Bookis a fun and captivating storytime resource that will help teachers approach the sensitive subject of worries with young children
In this imaginatively illustrated picture book, loveable character Winston takes children on a journey through his own worries, in turn helping them to think about how they can ease their own. While the additional resources – printable from a FREE CD Rom – offer numerous opportunities to stimulate valuable discussion on worries.
Children will feel an instant connection to Winston’s friendly nature, especially when he shares his secret with them… that even though blue whales are the largest animal ever to have lived on earth, even though Winston is bigger than all the other sea creatures and they all think he is brave and not scared of anything, he does feel worried about a few things:
- Winston worries about being able to swim fast like the rest of his family
- He feels afraid of diving down into the deep dark ocean
- … but mostly he worries about making friends
Children may not have exactly the same worries as a big blue whale, but they will be able to relate to feeling nervous or afraid, and I’m sure many will know how scary it can be to make new friends.
The storybook covers:
- How it feels to have a worry
- When to seek help from others
- The importance of friendship
- Recognising how we might lessen worries
FREE CD Rom includes:
- Selection of colouring sheets for young children highlighting thought-provoking questions about worries.
- Ideas for group activities with older children to encourage acknowledgement and support for worries within their peer group