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Punching Pillow

Age Groups: Big Kids, Little Kids
Skills: Feelings, Self Regulation


  • Everyone gets angry and frustrated sometimes! When I’m angry, sometimes I want to scream, stomp my feet, or run really fast. What about you?
  • It’s never okay to hurt yourself or anybody else — even if you’re angry. But you can’t hurt a pillow! Let’s make a punching pillow that you can kick, hit, or punch if you feel like getting your anger out.
  • Let’s fill a pillowcase with old clothes, blankets or towels and tie a knot on the end to close it. Now you have a punching pillow!
  • Let’s try it out: give it a good, strong punch. How does that feel?
  • Let’s practice and then try punching it the next time we’re feeling angry.


  • Punch: to hit with the fist
  • Angry: mad
  • Frustrated: anger or annoyance at not being able to do something