Sensory Bags for Advocates for Children CASA (January)

THE TASK

To create a fun and interactive activity kit for CASA volunteers to take to the children they are working with. These kits may be used by the children as they wait for their court hearing, visit with their parents in a supervised setting, or just to have some fun with their CASA volunteer.

THE RECIPIENT

The child welfare system can be confusing and lonely at times. These activity kits will provide some much-needed distractions and will allow for these kids to feel just as they should - like kids!

THE REASON

These kits will be gifted to children who are involved with Advocates for Children CASA. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. These community volunteers, or CASAs, are trained to advocate on behalf of children who are involved in the child welfare system as a result of abuse or neglect. Most of these kids are in out-of-home placements such as foster care, group homes, or kinship care.

THE INSTRUCTIONS

These are the instructions for Sensory Bags for Advocates for Children CASA Children. Questions? Email us at hey@kyndhub.com

1. Locate the instruction sheet included with your kit. 

  • Find your Kynd Code. Tear the code in half.
    • Save your half. 
    • Put the other half aside to put into the completed kit.

*The Kynd Code allows you to post your finished kit on KyndHub. The recipient code allows them to find your post, connect with you, and share their gratitude for your kyndness. If the recipient uses their code, you'll get to see where your kit ends up and who benefited from it. 

With the CASA kits, the trained, court-appointed advocate can help the children navigate to your post and connect. 

2. Complete the gratitude practice included in your KyndKit.



 

3. Write Your Letter

Included materials used for this step: 

  • Folded white card and matching envelope
  • Crayons
  • Stickers

 

Steps:

  • Use the enclosed crayons and stickers to decorate the card and envelope. (When you are done, you can include the markers and unused stickers in the sensory bag.)
  • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message. 
  • Decorate the front and the inside of the card.
  • Decorate the outside of the card.
    • Can't think of what to write, draw a picture!
  • Put your card in the matching envelope. 
  • Include the recipient portion of the Kynd Code in the card to make it easy to find. 

 

OPTIONAL:

  • Decorate random pages in the activity pad. As the kids flip through to do pages, they will find your fun, engaging, and uplifting messages on the pages. 

 

4. Decorate the Larger White Envelope

Included materials used for this step: 

  • 6 x 9 white envelope
  • Crayons
  • Stickers

 

Steps:

  • Decorate the envelope with a bright, encouraging message or picture. (This envelope will hold their sensory and art activities and materials.)
  • Make it colorful and fun!

     

    5. Optional Items to Add

    These are just a few ideas for additional items you can add to the package.

    • Post-it notes
    • Playing cards
    • Stickers
    • Small, quick crafts
    • Colored Pencils
    • More Markers
    • More crayons
    • Other craft and art supplies

     

    6. Pack the Kit

    Included materials used for this step: 

    • The card and envelope you decorated
    • The 6 x 9 envelope you decorated
    • Activity Pad
    • The stickers you didn't use
    • Crayons
    • Markers
    • Tic-Tac-Toe Board
    • Play-Doh
    • 3D Puzzle
    • Construction Paper
    • Any other optional items you want to include

     

    Steps:

    • Pack the materials into the large white envelope
    • Seal the envelope
    • Don't forget too include the Kynd Code.

     

    7. Delivery Options

    • Deliver the sensory bag to your local CASA office.

          OR

    • Get your shipping label from us (no charge) HERE. We will collect the bags and deliver them to CASA. 

     

      8. Go Back to Your Gratitude Exercise

      • Write down any additional gratitude you now feel.
      • Go to the first prompt "someone you are grateful for". 
      • Fill out your included Kynd Card and give it to that person.
      • Now you've done an act of kyndness, too!

       

      9. Share It

      Post your completed kit on KyndHub using your Kynd Code. The recipient of your kit has the option to connect with you on KyndHub using their Kynd Code and you can see where your kit ends up. 

      LOGIN TO KYNDHUB AND POST

         

         

         

        Downloadable Instructions

        Instruction Sheet
        Gratitude Practice Sheet
        Group Leader Instructions

        Thank you for practicing kyndfulness with us again!