Worry Helpers dolls: Use with children who have deployed parents, parents in prison, parents who travel for work, or parents away for any other reason. These dolls help stop children from worrying about the parent while away.
One pipe cleaner = one Worry Helpers doll!
My troubles with worry and anxiety started early in life. I would worry about everything … especially at bedtime. One of the ways my wonderful mom helped me cope was by getting me a set of Worry Helpers dolls. She explained to me that at bedtime I could tell each doll one worry and they would work on the problem why I slept. That way I could let go of my worry and get some rest. And to this day I still use the technique of letting go my worries one by one to give my brain and body a break from anxiety. As a psychologist, I use this technique with my clients. We simply use a pipe cleaner and make it during session.
INSTRUCTIONS: MAKE WORRY HELPERS DOLL
Take one of the halves, fold it in half, and twist it leaving a loop at the top for the head. The twist creates the midsection of the body. The remainder of the pipe cleaner makes the legs. Bend up the ends to create the feet
Take the leftover half of the pipe cleaner and twist around the body just below the head to create the arms. If the length of the arms or legs are off, either twist it around another time or cut to the desired length.
Of course, these little friends could be fun to make and play with anytime!