Family Program Activities

Virtual National Military Survivor Seminar and Family Program
May 19 - 25, 2020

Family Program Activities

Virtual National Military Survivor Seminar and Family Program
May 19 - 25, 2020

As we host our Virtual National Military Survivor Seminar this year, we are happy to provide a welcoming place for TAPS kids! In our virtual gatherings for our TAPS children and teens, we will meet our TAPS community, will have fun while interacting through games and icebreakers, and will explore what virtual Good Grief Camp activities look like during this time. These sessions are designated by age so the children and teens will be sharing among their peer groups and each session is hosted by trained Group Leaders, Mentors and Staff. For our groups ages four to nine, we welcome guardians to join.

Make sure to download the TAPS Events app. This mobile app puts advance details about the seminar right in the palm of your hand. You’ll be able to review the schedule, read about the presenters and featured speakers, and learn more about TAPS staff who are here to support you wherever you are in your grief journey.

 

Age Group Activities

We are in the process of adding pre-recorded activity sessions (below). You may begin working on these activities as they are added. You will have the opportunity for sharing your work at the May 24 Family Program time. 

 

Pre-recorded Activities

 

 

Activity Created/Presented by: Brooke Lewis

Bag of Tricks

Age Group:
7 to 9

Supplies Needed:
An empty bag, coloring items

Instructions:
Bag of Tricks (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Lauren Pescatore

Bubble Breathing and Art

Age Group:
4 to 12

Supplies Needed:
Bubbles, bubble wand, food coloring, plain white paper

Instructions:
Bubble Breathing and Art (PDF)

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Coloring Event

Activity Created/Presented by: Ange Marie Dwyer

Coloring Pages

Age Group:
All ages

Supplies Needed:
colors, coloring pages (print pages provided below)

Print and Upload Instructions:
Right click on the image below that you would like to color, save it to your computer and print it out on 8.5" x 11" paper. Upload your creations using the form on Ange's Coloring Page website.

 

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Activity Presented by: John Ferderer

This book is being read with permission from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Color Monster

Age Group:
4 to 9

Supplies Needed:
colors, coloring pages (print pages from links provided below)

Print these Coloring Pages:
The Color Monster
Feeling Jar
Feeling Jar Questions

Instructions:
The Color Monster (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Lauren Pescatore

Cool Down Bottles

Age Groups:
7 to 9, 10 to 12

Supplies Needed:
Water bottle or clear and see through container with a lid, water, food coloring, super glue, funnel; optional, but include at least one: beads, glitter, sequence, beans, rice, anything really!

Instructions:
Cool Down Bottles (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Lauren Pescatore

DIY Stress Ball Activity

Age Groups:
7 and up

Supplies Needed:
Balloons, one of the following: sand, flour, sugar, salt, or kinetic sand, and a funnel

Instructions:
DIY Stress Ball (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Renee Monczynski

From Me to Me

Age Group:
13 to 18

Supplies Needed:
color pens or markers, tape or glue stick, cardstock or paper, 

Print Worksheets:
Worksheet
Truth Card

Instructions:
From Me to Me (PDF)

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Homemade Art Journal "What My Hands Hold" Introduction

 

What is an Art Journal?

 

Examples of material types to use to make your Art Journal

 

Making the homemade Art Journal
Activity Created/Presented by: Ange Marie Dwyer

 

Homemade Art Journal "What My Hands Hold"

Age Group:
13 to 17

Supplies Needed:

  • Pick ONE material: an old children's picture book, 4-5 sheets of heavy thick paper (cardstock, watercolor paper ect...) and a long 20" piece of string, regular old book, spiral notebook or sketchbook
  • Acrylic Paint in white and at least one other color (cheap craft paint works great, regular artist acrylic paint and white gesso works too)
  • Large binder clip or clamp; Mod Podge (or Elmer's glue)
  • Sharpie or other permanent markers; Scrap Papers (Old construction paper, scrapbook paper, magazines or even colorful notebook paper)
  • Paint Brush, or Sponge (or if using washable paint or glue, your fingers are fine too!)
  • Charcoal Pencil or Stick (a #2 pencil will work if you do not have charcoal or a shading pencil)

Instructions:
What My Hands Hold (PDF)

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"I Am" Mixed Media Canvas Introduction

 

Activity Created/Presented by: Ange Marie Dwyer

 

"I Am" Mixed Media Canvas Project

Age Group:
9 to 12

Supplies Needed:

  • A blank canvas preferably 8x10 or 12x14 (if you do not have a canvas a piece of thick piece of cardboard or old box cut to size will work use both.)
  • Bubble Wrap (or something with a fun texture on it)
  • Acrylic Paints (any colors are great; 2 different complementary colors are ideal)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (or Elmer's glue, or a glue stick)
  • Permanent Marker (like a Sharpie. Anything that isn't washable. If you do not have one, I will show another option)
  • Blank Paper (plain white paper or notebook paper)
  • Scrap Papers (this can be anything fun and colorful. Old construction paper, scrapbook paper, or even colorful notebook paper)
  • Plastic Ziploc Bag that your canvas will fit in (Saran Wrap/plastic Wrap, parchment or waxed paper will also work)
  • Charcoal Pencil or Regular #2 Pencil

Instructions:
"I am Mixed Media Canvas Project (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Aaron Burciaga

Kintsugi Golden Repair

Age Group:
10 to 18

Supplies Needed:

Three activities to choose from:

1. Bowl – porcelain bowl, epoxy glue, gold colored mica dust, disposable bowl, small paint brushes, disposable bowl, newspaper or table covering, sealable, plastic bag, towel, hammer

2. Picture – printed favorite picture, school glue, cardstock, gold colored pen, scissors or paper cutter

3. Mug – coffee mug, hot glue, gold colored pen, newspaper or table covering, sealable plastic bag, towel, hammer

Print Instructions:
Kintsugi Golden Repair (PDF)

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Activity Presented by: Kimberly Taylor | Renee Monczynski

The Legacy of Us

Age Group:
All ages - family project!

Supplies Needed:
Print this Legacy of Us Worksheet, paper, markers, pens, tape, stickers, a container

Instructions:
The Legacy of Us (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Brooke Lewis

Love Lives On In My Heart

Age Group:
All ages

Supplies Needed:
Magazines or old books, Glue, scissors, coloring items, heart (below)

Instructions:
Love Lives On In My Heart (PDF)
Right click heart, save it to your computer and print:

love lives on heart

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Mixed Media Gratitude and Growth Trees Introduction

 

Activity Created/Presented by: Ange Marie Dwyer

 

Mixed media Gratitude and Growth Trees

Age Group:
4 to 8

Supplies Needed:

  • Markers
  • Paints (any colors are great. If you do not have paint at home you will also be able to use colorful markers or crayons)
  • Mod Podge (or Elmer's glue, or a glue stick)
  • String, Yarn, Thin Pieces of Fabric (10 - 15 pieces of 3" string, 2-3 pieces of 20-30" string)
  • Scrap Papers (this can be anything fun and colorful. Old construction paper, scrapbook paper, or even colorful notebook paper)
  • Paint Brush, or Sponge (or if using washable paint or glue, your fingers are fine too!)
  • 5-6 Thin sticks/Branches (just random ones you find outside, great way to make a mini scavenger hunt on your walks)
  • Jar, Large Glass, Bucket or Vase

Instructions:
Mixed Media Gratitude and Growth Trees (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Aaron Burciaga

My Magic Wand

Age Group:
7 to 15

Supplies Needed:
twig or wand, paints, small paint brushes, print out of "spells", disposable bowl, newspaper or table covering

Instructions:
My Magic Wand (PDF), Spells Printout

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Part One: Set Your Intentions

Set Your Intentions

Age Groups:
6 and up

Supplies Needed:
Something to write with and a note card or paper, envelope, and a stamp

Instructions:
Set Your Intentions (PDF)

 

Part Two: Set Your Intentions

 

Part Three: Set Your Intentions

 

Part Four: Set Your Intentions

Activity Created/Presented by: Elizabeth Rhoten

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Activity Created/Presented by: Renee Monczynski

Then and Now

Age Group:
13 to 18

Supplies Needed:
Print this workbook, an old book or magazine (if available), color pens or markers, tape or glue stick, cardstock or paper

Instructions:
Then and Now (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Weston Cowden

Thoughts and Things

Age Group:
4 to 12

Supplies Needed:
6-12 non-breakable random objects and knick-knacks from around your home of different shapes, sizes, colors and textures, Pen/pencil and some paper, backpack, grocery bag or equivalent bag/carrying device

Instructions:
Thoughts and Things (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Clynton Trewyn

Time Message

Age Group:
10-14

Supplies Needed:
Paper, pencil/pen, envelope, coloring supplies

Instructions:
Time Message (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Renee Monczynski

Who's in Your Corner

Age Group:
13 to 18

Supplies Needed:
Print this workbook, 3 different color pens

Instructions:
Who's is your Corner (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Aaron Burciaga

Words that Define Me

Age Group:
13 to 18

Supplies Needed:
Dry-erase markers, paper towels, paints, small and medium paint brushes, disposable bowl

Instructions:
Words that Define Me (PDF)

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Activity Created/Presented by: Victoria Stern

Worry Machine

Age Group:
4 to 9

Supplies Needed:
Print materials provided below, index cards, scissors; large envelope, pencil/pen, crayons/markers, Elmer's glue/glue stick

Print these Pages:
The Worry Hat
Worries I Cannot Control
Worries I Can Control

Instructions:
Worry Machine (PDF)

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