Stop Nightmares and Night Terrors in Children

Free Activity with Printable Material

Nightmare / Night Terror Dungeon

Prevent Nightmares and Night Terrors from happening each night.

Children can put their nightmare, or fear, in a castle dungeon room and lock it up for the night.

This nightmare and night terror prevention activity will help the child to stop thinking about a nightmare, or fear. 


Materials Needed for Nightmare/Night Terror Prevention Activity  :

Nightmare Dungeon Worksheets Below

Markers or Crayons

Scissors

Glue 


Directions for Nightmare / Night Terror Prevention Activity: 

1. Ask the child to identify a disturbing nightmare or fear that may be causing them distress.

2. Have the child draw a representation of the nightmare in the doorway of the dungeon on the worksheet below.

3. After the drawing is completed have the child talk about the nightmare or fear.  

4. When the discussion is complete ask the child if they want to lock up the nightmare, or fear.


5. If they want to lock up the nightmare or fear have the child cut out the door, door latch, lock, and key on the second worksheet. Glue the door, latch, and lock over the nightmare, or fear picture.

6. Give the child the key picture. Tell them it is up to them if they want to open the door and allow the nightmare or fear back into their thoughts.

Offer to keep the drawing locked up in your file cabinet. I always tell them that if they want the nightmare or fear back, I will give it to them. 

*So far, no one has ever asked me to give back their nightmare, or fear. It helps to have the parent, or therapist, lock up the fear in a safe place.    


Nightmare Doorway:

Draw / Write your nightmare or fear in the Nightmare Doorway below:

  

Nightmare Door: Cut out the door, door latch, lock and key below. Glue each item to the dungeon doorway.


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