WORRY PUPPETS AND WORRY MONSTERS FOR THERAPY WITH CHILDREN
Worry Monsters and Worry Puppets are used to help children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, or other serious problems, to resolve their worries, and they're very popular with children.
Sometimes just writing down a worry can be helpful in itself. When a worrying or troubling thought comes into the child's mind they can write it down, or draw a picture, and feed it to their monster or puppet. They will often be willing to tell the monster/puppet about the worry when they have been unable to voice it to an adult.
The therapist can get out the piece of paper on which the child has written or drawn the worry, and they can discuss it and offer reassurance and help. All Social Work teams dealing with worried children find these items extremely helpful and there is a great demand for them. As you can imagine, there is no budget for this sort of thing, so that is where we come in. This is something you can do to directly help a child in need, so it feels very worthwhile.
You are welcome to use any pattern you find. As long as it's used just for charity and not for profit there's never been a problem. But we also have some patterns donated by generous knitters and seamstresses which can be found and downloaded from the WORRY MONSTERS PATTERNS page or by clicking HERE
If using any other pattern please ensure that you follow Knit-for-Nowt's safety guidelines, otherwise, sadly, we won't be able to donate it. CLICK HERE to read these through. We love it if you use your creativity to embellish your monsters in lots of different ways - add feet, ears, arms, hair etc. if you like, all firmly attached.