Worry Warriors & Courage Connections


Have you read Maya Angelou’s Life Doesn’t Frighten Me? What worries you? Turn your concerns over to a Worry Warrior and you may find courage to conquer them!


1. What do you think of when you hear these words: concern, connect, conquer, and courage. What does each word mean? List worries that you and other kids have, such as pets, storms, bus rides, and friendship troubles. Read poetry and books including Life Doesn't Frighten Me. Talk about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dramatic illustrations. Brainstorm ways to conquer worries.

2. Build a Worry Warrior. Create an imaginary creature or contraption to help gobble up your worries! Here are some construction ideas. You can use any handy craft materials to make yours. Cut paper to fit a recycled cereal box with Crayola® Scissors. Decorate the paper with Crayola Erasable Markers and Gel Markers. Attach paper with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.

3. To make a mouth, tape a container with a lid to the box. Tape two decorated craft sticks to the bottom of the box for feet. Cut recycled cardboard into a half circle for a forehead. Draw or glue on plastic caps for eyes and one for a nose. Attach to the box. Poke holes in the head and push in chenille stems or yarn for hair. Poke holes in the box sides and push through craft sticks for arms.

4. Feed your Worry Warrior. With Erasable Markers, write something that bothers you. Put it into your Worry Warrior.

5. Create a Courage Connection. While you imagine that the worry is being digested, make a Courage Connection. Maybe you talked to a friend, family member, or teacher about a worry you faced. When you take the worry back out of the Worry Warrior, erase the worry. Replace it with your idea for conquering your concern--your Courage Connection!

6. If you are comfortable with the idea, share your Courage Connection with other people. You may be helping them to conquer their concerns! Save your Courage Connections in a notebook--they might encourage you in the future!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Hold a "Worry Feast" for your Worry Warriors. Feed them common group concerns, like worrying about bullies, making mistakes, and starting a new school year. Work together to make Courage Connections responding to each kind of worry.
  • Children with special needs might partner with other children who are differently-abled or older while building Worry Warriors.
  • Assessment: Role play possible solutions to common worries. Ask children to try out as many positive solutions as they can think of for each one.

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Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Gel Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled boxes
  • masking tape
  • craft sticks (optional)
  • recycled plastic produce basket
  • decorative craft items



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students discuss and cooperatively define vocabulary.

  • Students construct a tool to enhance independent problem solving and more mature functioning in their own lives.

  • Students practice self-encouragement in response to reading books related to courage and concerns.


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