Voices of siblings heard during the research project
Sibling Boxes ideas
Getting together with a group of friends/families to make up some boxes for the siblings of children at your local hospital can be a great way of supporting those families.
There is no prescribed list of what or how much to include in the boxes. Get creative!
Below are some suggestions to help get you started.
Please ensure you check the age appropriateness of each item in the boxes.
It can be helpful to make boxes for a specific age range and label the boxes as such.
Small cuddly toy
Colouring pens/crayons or pencil crayons
Colouring book/note book/sketch book
Couple of pots of play dough +/- a couple of plastic cutters
Stickers +/- sticker book
Age appropriate small games eg top trumps/pack of cards
A card to the siblings
Cards for siblings
Activities to do with siblings
There are a wide range of downloadable activities on the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care website suitable for different ages.
We particularly recommend:
Glitter bottles / sand art – using different coloured glitter to talk about emotions
Prayer tree leaves – if you have a prayer tree
Sensory or Treasure box
Walk and chat or trip out with one sibling
School sibling Group outline
Please return to check for upload
Primarily for younger children:
You are special
Fly eagle Fly, an African tale
The invisible string
The rabbit listened
In my heart
The Feelings Book - Todd Parr
The Blue Day Book for Kids only available second hand but told in this youtube clip