Cryoow! dolls start with a child’s 2D drawing, transforming it into a jaw-dropping, super-awesome hand-crafted 3D doll. It’s so cool.
Make a Cryoow! Doll
To make a doll, your child draws a picture more than 4 inches tall. We recommend using the game Pick and Draw which taught us so many fun ways to draw faces.
Draw your person — my eight year old daughter drew herself.
We sent her drawing to Cryoow! via email. Soon, we received the Cryoow! package — would it be everything we hoped? Indeed it was — it was better than we could have imagined! Not only did the doll match the drawing, the stitching was very high-quality.
Your child will love the Cryoow! doll for play and imagination. (Mine already wants to make the entire family.) What’s more, now you can use your special Cryoow! doll for therapeutic stories. Let me explain. . .
Use Doll for Special Stories
Many of you have children like mine who find even small transitions difficult. Other of you have children who become stressed with uncertainty or new challenges both big and small. I want to show you how you can help your kids using their Cryoow! doll. Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope by child psychiatrist Robert G. Ziegler, M.D. encourages parents to write stories and share them with the child to help that child cope with a challenge. The types of stories are: 1) describing a situation (not going into feelings) “He went to bed. Then he asked for water.” 2) defining the child’s feelings “She didn’t like going to sleep without mommy or daddy. She felt scared of the shadows on the wall.” 3) empathizing with the child’s feelings “She felt worried. That made her tummy hurt. It’s hard when you’re worried and your tummy hurts.”
What to Write About
Situations for your Cryoow! doll stories:
– developmental steps (giving up a bottle, starting puberty)
– family change (new baby, divorce)
– life challenges (sibling or friend behavior, schedule changes)
– daily schedule (morning routine, recess)
Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope has examples of lots of situations and their stories.
Making the Story
Recently I used the Cryoow doll in an empathetic story I wrote for my daughter whose initials are JJ about some big feelings she was having at school – both good and bad. I wrote the story in MS Word, used 2 columns in landscape orientation, cut the sheets in half and added a cover page. I took a photograph of the doll on a white background then inserted in the pages of the story. To illustrate, JJ added stickers.
Read the Story with Your Child
Use the story you write as an opportunity for your child to feel understood, to feel he can handle the situation, to feel safer, to understand the situation differently, all sorts of powerful ah-has.
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Your Turn to Write
What are your kids struggling with right now?
Share in the comments what kind of story you plan to write.
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