As a children's Arts Educator, Child & Youth Care Practitioner, and Horticultural Therapy student, I'm perpetually learning and growing. My Toolkit is comprised of both the resources I use to connect with children, and those tools we use to learn together.
Below I have begun compiling some tools I access frequently in my practice. I encourage you to consider these tools in your own work with children, as they are valuable resources in many contexts.
(Some "Tried and Tested" Resources)
Swimmy by Leo Leonni
A beautiful storybook, and a convenient jumping-off point for talking about resiliency, problem-solving, teamwork, and community.
While I personally tend to begin with the book, this animation is also an excellent alternative!
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Working with kids who lack cultural awareness, or perhaps cultural pride?
The Name Jar is a lovely story, and addresses not only how to tackle introductions when a name sounds unfamiliar, but also addresses what a child can do when one of their friends is nervous about being themselves.