Guatemalan worry dolls are a great parenting tool to help children with anxiety and worries.
A few months ago I bought some fantastic Guatemalan dolls for my daughter Sylvia. Worry dolls are fantastic for helping children to talk about their worries and feelings and can really help them to settle down at night and sleep.
Purchasing the dolls was super cheap, however you can make your own DIY worry dolls using materials such as sticks and pegs, small scraps of fabric and wool.
Today I will share with you everything there is to know about Guatemalan worry dolls and share some fantastic resources so you can use these crafty peg dolls to help your child.
How To Use Worry Dolls?
Do you know how to use these Guatemalan dolls? It’s super simple!
Children share their concerns with their dolls and put the little characters under their pillows at night. This allows a child to pass his or her worries to the doll so they can sleep at night.
Using a worry doll is a traditional Guatemalan practice that I learnt about from my daughter’s birth father. He lived in Guatemala for two years and had a set of DIY worry dolls in his memory box.
Our Experience with Guatemalan Worry Dolls
Sylvia has used her Guatemalan dolls a few times and (most importantly), I’ve been able to listen to her worries that she told her dolls. I’ve then be able to use this knowledge to help her.
For example one night Sylvia told her dolls that she was worried about being late for school. She had been late once or twice and felt rushed by when she couldn’t find her shoes.
After knowing about her concern, we started to prepare her uniform, school bag and shoes each night before bed time. I also gave Sylvia her own little clock. This made all the difference and she always knows what time it is and where her things are.
Where To Buy Guatemalan Worry Dolls?
You can buy worry dolls on Amazon and in a number of places online.
I would recommend purchasing fair trade dolls as they are made by struggling families in Guatemala. They only cost a few pounds or dollars, however the dolls can break quite easily so need to be looked after carefully.
Don’t Feed The Worry Bug
If you’re looking for more support to help your child with their worries and anxiety then why not try this book? Don’t feed the worry bug is a great children’s book by Andi Green.
I used to use this book as an Early years educator to help children with worries to open up and talk about their worries more. The story is super cute and the book was a great resource for helping children with anxiety.
I’m sure you will love this.
Making Your Own DIY Worry Dolls
There are a few great tutorials online to make your own worry dolls at home. You may love the post on making your own dolls over at My Little Poppies.
We also have some fantastic crafts here on The Inspiration Edit. Whilst these are not worry doll tutorials, crafting can be therapeutic for kids and a great way to get them to talk, open up and talk about their feelings.
Check out the following!
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!