An anger outburst can be like a volcanic eruption. Many kids and parents have a hard time seeing how they can go from feeling and acting “okay” to having a complete meltdown in such a short time. The anger volcano is a way to help explain meltdowns for both children and adults. It can also be used as a tool to teach coping skills. Here’s how to do it:

  • Draw an outline of a volcano.
  • Draw various levels of lava building up by using different colors for each level. Each level of lava represents something that builds up anger/frustration/anxiety/etc. ***Examples: Not getting enough sleep, skipping breakfast or a snack, leaving homework at home, getting a paper cut, a friend said something mean, you lose during a game.
  • Once the volcano is full of lava, identify a problem that usually makes the child or someone they know “explode”, and then draw the volcano exploding with lava.
  • Once your volcano eruption is completed, you can then start to discuss how little things can build up over time, and what it takes to “cool off” some of that lava or vent out the pressure in order to prevent an eruption.