This is a great anger metaphor that kids often easily identify with. I use it to teach a number of skills, including I-Messages (especially with groups). You can download it here for free. This works well after creating an Anger Iceberg if a child is struggling with expressing anger to others.
- Creating volcanos with children is always super fun. I usually start with a cup and then we cover it to create the volcano (using construction paper, paper mache, mud/glue, etc.)
- Fill the cup with vinegar (if you use a tall cup you can put plastic toys, rocks, etc. inside so that you can use less vinegar). You may need to refill the volcano throughout the activity if it becomes oversaturated with baking soda.
- We then use a 1-5 SUD scale to rate various events and how angry they felt and physical sensations they noticed (ex. clenched fists, hot face, etc.)
- Use 5 sizes of measuring spoons to represent the numbers on the scale
- Ex. If a child rates an event as a 1 on the scale, they would then use the smallest spoon to dump in a scoop of baking soda into the volcano.
- Every time they do this, I have then dump a second scoop into a small bowl. Near the end of the activity (with new vinegar) we dump the bowl into the volcano to create a huge explosion, which illustrates how keeping emotions bottled up can compound and lead to a large “explosion” in response to something relatively small.
- There are tons of ways to use this metaphor so get creative.