Harry Potter: Transfiguration- changing our negative thoughts into positive ones. ANTS into HAWKS.
One of the things I do in friendship craze (my classes to help kids make and keep friends) in the summer is take a popular children's book and correlate it to the games and themes I have in friendship craze. This idea was the seed to my first book.. A.N.T.S. Annoying Nonsense Thoughts. A Guide to Positive Thinking.
Anyway there are a lot of fun ideas, I've used from Harry Potter. Tell the child you are going to learn a transfiguration spell. You are going to change a ANT into a HAWK. Explain a thought that is an ANT (annoying nonsense thought) such as, "I'm bored. There is never anything to do." can be changed into a HAWK (happy, awesome wonderful knowledge). Have the child take the ANT (make a paper ant) and smash it and then say a HAWK and throw a paper hawk into the air. You may make a copy of any ant or hawk.For example they may say to change the ANT into a HAWK, (There are a lot of things to do I just need to figure out some ideas.) Then say the magic spell, "Positive Verto" and throw a paper Hawk into the air. Super fun activity for the kids especially if they are into Harry Potter.
Have them keep practicing until changing their negative thoughts become easier for them.
I changed my books name to "ANTS: Annoying Nonsense Thoughts. A Guide to Positive Thinking." Same book. You can still get the old title- There's a Big Ant on Me, Get it Off". I changed the name because I felt it let people know right off what it was about and why it is important. But I didn't want to delete the old title since some people have all ready bought the book. (Plus I got some great reviews-haha)
A lot of people actually buy it for adults to help them use the technique of changing their negative thoughts, but the younger we teach our kids to think positively the easier it will be in their lives. Here are the links to order the books, with either the old title or new title. http://www.amazon.com/A-N-T-Annoying-Nonsense-Thoughts-Friendship/dp/1494233428/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1386001531&sr=8-2-fkmr0
http://www.amazon.com/Theres-Big-Friendship-Craze-Volume/dp/061580859X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1386002859&sr=8-2 (This one has reviews on it.)
Or if you live in the Fayeteville/Peachtree City area you can pay 9 dollars and pick it up at my house. (Only old titles)
Kids love the book and parents love it because it helps teach their kids positive thinking in a fun way. FUN CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!!!
I am a mother of 3. I have a passion for helping kids feel comfortable in their 'own skin'.