The Shield of Strength

Shield of StrengthGrief and worry can often leave young people feeling all alone and isolated. The Shield of Strength is a fun craft and activity to get kids thinking about their own assets and other people in their lives that can be there to help them when they need it the most. You can click on the picture above to get a downloadable template for the Shield of Strength as well as the instructions.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Draw a shield pattern like the one above on a large piece of cardboard or poster board.
  2. Divide the shield into four sections by drawing a horizontal and vertical line.
  3. Label the four quadrants as “Family,” “Friends,” “Skills” and “Others.”
  4. Cut the shield out.
  5. Write people or skills/abilities in each section that can help to protect you or help you feel better when you’re feeling down.
  6. Keep the shield as a reminder that you are never alone in the struggles and difficulties that you face.
  7. Instead of making a large shield, you can use the template on the following page to create a smaller version.

For more awesome resources for learning about and dealing with emotions, please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Emotions Help Center.

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Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families. Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids' other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son's soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship). You can reach Wayne at