Activities for Aggressive Children

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Aggression is a normal part of childhood, but it can also be carried to problematic extremes. This lesson offers some activities you can use to help children work through feelings that might lead to aggression.

Aggression in Childhood

Whether you are a teacher, a parent or someone else who works with children, you have probably seen children act aggressively on multiple occasions. After all, everyone experiences anger from time to time, and many children are still in the early stages of learning socially acceptable ways to handle their anger. This means that sometimes they will get aggressive; children might throw things, hit each other, bite and yell curse words.

Even though aggression can be normal, you probably want to help children understand that it is not ultimately productive or acceptable. The activities in this lesson are oriented toward helping children who struggle with aggression to express their thoughts and feelings in more beneficial ways.

Art Activities

Often, when children are aggressive, it is because they are dealing with feelings they might not know how to express or manage. Art can be a great way to help children express themselves; try using these activities with children who are sometimes aggressive.

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