Today I’d love to talk about one of my favorite books I read with the children at work every week. This book is called “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” and it helps teach children about emotions, and encourages positive behavior by using a concept of an invisible bucket to show them how to be kind to others.
This book teaches children that everybody has an invisible bucket and the purpose of your bucket is to hold your good thoughts and good feelings about yourself. Then it goes into telling the children that they fill a bucket when they show love to someone, or say or do something kind, and they can also dip into other people’s buckets by saying hurtful things and being mean.
You can be a bucket filler or a bucket dipper. A bucket filler fills people’s buckets and a bucket dipper dips into other people’s buckets. For example a bully is a bucket dipper!
Once the children have these terms down you can use the terms bucket filling/dipping to talk about the way they’re behaving in the therapy sessions, or at home and school. This book with its beautiful visuals really helps teach the children about positive and negative emotions and I highly recommend it for any preschool or elementary school age children.
You can even make this more fun by buying little buckets and role playing bucket filling and bucket dipping.