Once I Was Very Very Scared

Free Resources
We try to create resources to help families heal. These resources are for use with the book Once I Was Very Very Scared. You have the right to use them and make copies for families and others, so long as they are provided free of charge. You may not include them in other materials or download and post them to other sites.

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Finger Puppets

We were so inspired by a group of children in San Rosa who did Once I Was Very Very Scared as a school play, that we thought we would create free finger puppets that all children and families could use to tell their story.

As we heard your stories, we understood that some children really needed the mama dog puppet, so we made a special puppet sheet, so kids would know that no matter what little dog was feeling, mama dog and the other grown-up dogs were there to keep them feeling safe and loved.

Which animals are you like?

Draw your picture in the middle of the circle and color the animals that are like you and the things that help you feel safer and better.

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Sometimes I am like . . .

This helps me . . . 

Understand the animals

We can begin to help the animals from the story Once I Was Very Very Scared by thinking about what they went through. Children may like using these simple sheets to write or draw the animals' or their own stories.

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DOG

ELEPHANT

FROG

MEERKAT

MONKEY

RABBIT

SKUNK

SQUIRREL

TURTLE

Help the animals

Let's help the animals from the story Once I Was Very Very Scared.  Children can write or draw  what the animals do when they are scared, angry, frustrated, embarrassed, or ashamed.  You can help them think about what might help the animals and write or draw their answers in the box.  While they help the animals, we will be able to help them think about what helps them when they feel this way.


Click on the images to download the free PDFs.

DOG

ELEPHANT

FROG

MEERKAT

MONKEY

RABBIT

SKUNK

SQUIRREL

TURTLE