About the Holiday
No, this isn’t a day dedicated to re- re- re- re- re-watching that movie. It’s a day to take a step back and take stock of the feelings you’re keeping inside or the little irksome quirks that drive you crazy. Are they really worth all the stress? Today’s a day to find inner peace, make amends, or turn disadvantage into advantage.
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Most people wake up each morning with great ideas for a having good day, but sometimes things don’t work out the way they’re planned. For kids, small mistakes, accidental mishaps, and unexpected disappointments can loom large. Frustrations and perceived unfairness can elicit tears or anger, and it’s sometimes hard to know how to comfort an unhappy or upset child.
In It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon Jarrett Krosoczka acknowledges that sometimes bad or sad things happen, but he reveals to kids how looking at the event from a different perspective or through someone else’s eyes can bring consolation and even happiness. As the title states, it’s hard for kids to watch a balloon suddenly slip through their fingers and float away, but imagining all the other people who will see it and smile can help. Having a picnic on the beach when the unthinkable happens? “It’s sad to drop your sandwich in the sand…but it’ll make some seagulls very happy.” And you know it will make you laugh to watch those crazy guys swooping, diving, and squawking over that now-crunchy snack.
The idea of sharing hurts with others to create a new scenario or a different kind of enjoyment while forming closer bonds is another positive way to turn disappointments into teachable moments that benefit all. As most kids know “it’s never fun when you break a toy…” but with a upbeat attitude they can have “fun fixing it with Grandpa.”
Wet shoes? Melting Ice-cream cone? Scraped knee or new baby sitter? In Jarrett Krosoczka’s hands these letdowns can lead to new freedom, innovation, distinction, and joyful experiences. It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon can help anyone see “disaster” in a whole new light!
Krosoczka’s illustrations ingeniously depict the way an unexpected mishap or disappointing moment can make someone feel—alone, exposed, and vulnerable. Left-hand pages present the problem while the right-hand page shows the crestfallen child in full color on a black-and-white sketched background. The positive transformation becomes a two-spread, full-color of happy pride and fun abandon. Life can be full of little bumps in the road, keeping a copy of It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon on the shelf can help smooth the way.
Ages 3 – 7
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015 | ISBN 978-0385754798
Visit Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Website to see more of his books and discover fun activities!
Let It Go Day Activity
Sometimes worries don’t seem as bad when they are shared with someone else or to at least set aside for awhile. With this craft you can make a friend to help lesson worries, disappointments, fears, and anxieties. And it’s pretty good at hugs too. Older children may like to create this as a sewing project, while younger kids can make it easily with fabric glue. Make your Worry Buddy as unique as you are!
- Fleece or felt in different colors
- Buttons, two larger in the same color and two smaller in a different color
- Fiber fill
- Fabric glue or thread
- Pen or pencil
To Make the Body
- Cut a 16-inch piece of fleece
- Fold the fleece in half
- Glue the sides together (older children may enjoy sewing the sides together with simple straight stitches)
- Leave the top open
- Turn the body inside out
- Fill the body with fiber fill
To Make the Hair
- Cut a 5-inch piece of fleece or felt
- Fold the fleece or felt in half
- Glue or sew the folded fleece into the opening in the body
- Cut the fleece or felt in ¼-inch strips across the top
To Make the Face
- Glue one set of larger and smaller buttons together, repeat with the other set
- Glue or sew the buttons to the top part of the body
- Cut a nose and mouth out of fleece or felt
- Glue or sew the nose and mouth to the face
To make the pocket
- Cut a 5-inch piece of felt in the shape of a square-bottom or rounded bottom pocket
- Fold down an inch of the top
- Glue or sew the pocket to the middle of the body
To share problems with the Worry Buddy, write worries or fears on a slip of paper and put them in the Worry Buddy’s pocket. Your Buddy will keep those problems so you don’t have to.