Percy is a Perfectionist is an A5 picture book aimed at 7 to 12-year-old children who struggle with perfectionism. It follows the story of Percy, a high-achieving and intelligent little creature who feels the need to always be perfect, as they prepare for a class presentation. Included in the story are a number of activities and exercises for managing feelings of anxiety and perfectionism.

Below are the A4-sized PDF worksheet versions of these activities, that can be freely downloaded for multiple use or if your child doesn't want to write directly into their physical book. There is also a list of references & resources for further information about the activities.

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WORKSHEETS

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RESOURCES & REFERENCES

  BODY MAPPING  

References

Gastaldo, D., Magalhães, L., Carrasco, C., and Davy, C. (2012). Body-Map Storytelling as Research: Methodological considerations for telling the stories of undocumented workers through body mapping.  Retrieved from: http://www.migrationhealth.ca/undocumented-workers-ontario/body-mapping.

Tewson, A., Vaughan, P., De Jager, A., and Boydell, K. (2016). Body Mapping Anxiety A Guide for High School Students. Retrieved from: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4-body-mapping-anxiety-guide_highschool.pdf

Hughes, E. G., and da Silva, A. M. (2011). A pilot study assessing art therapy as a mental health intervention for subfertile women. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Figure1-Body-mapping-a-technique-used-to-identify-and-position-important-and-relevant_fig3_49767773

  BOX BREATHING  

     

     Resources

  • Watch a calming Box Breathing visualiser that guides you as you breathe in and out here.

  • Watch a Box Breathing video that guides children as they breathe in and out here.

References

Boutros, N. (2022). Box Breathing: Definition, Techniques & How to Do It. Retrieved from: https://www.berkeley
wellbeing.com/box-breathing.html

Delgado, C. (2021). Overcome stress and anxiety with box breathing — the simple breathing exercise that only takes 16 seconds. Retrieved from: https://www.insider.com/guides/health/mental-health/box-breathing

  5-4-3-2-1  

     Resources

  • Watch a video that explains the 5-4-3-2-1 exercise in simple terms and shows an example of how to do it here.

  • Read further information on how the 5-4-3-2-1 method works here.

References

The Partnership in Education. (2021). 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise. Retrieved from: https://www.thepartnership

ineducation.com/resources/5-4-3-2-1-grounding-exercise

  DETECTIVE THINKING  

 

     Resources

  • Learn about Macquarie University's Cool Kids Program which uses Detective Thinking here and here

References

Macquarie University. (2021). Cool Kids Online. Retrieved from: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-emotional-health-ceh/centre-for-emotional-health-clinic/programs-for-children-and-teenagers/online-treatment-accordions/cool-kids-online

Child Mags. (2022). Helping Children Tackle Anxiety with this Treatment Program. Retrieved from: https://www.childmags.com.au/a-program-that-helps-kids-tackle-anxiety/

  DRAWING CHALLENGES  

References

Case, C., & Dalley, T. (2014). The Handbook of Art Therapy. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

  COMFORT BOX  

     Resources

  • Read further information on what you can put in your Comfort or Self-Soothe box here.

  • Watch a video on Self-Soothe boxes here.

References

Young Minds. (2019). How to make a self-soothe box. Retrieved from: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/blog/how-to-make-a-self-soothe-box/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Hi there, my name is Hana and I'm the author of Percy is a Perfectionist. I'm an illustrator and designer with a background in psychology.  I created this book because I've been an anxious perfectionist for as long as I can remember, and I would have really benefitted from a book like this when I was a child - a book that told me that how I was feeling was valid and normal, and gave me some practical advice on how to manage my anxieties.

Even as an adult, I still exist alongside an anxious little Percy who worries about things big and small, but I'm doing my best to treat Percy and myself with kindness as we navigate the challenges of life. I hope you also remember to be kind to yourself and acknowledge that you're doing the best that you can (even when it doesn't feel that way).

For more information about me, you can visit my About page, and to see more of my work, please visit my Instagram or Portfolio page.