Charity Little Troopers has launched a new downloadable resource to help your children make sense of their emotions during challenging life events such as deployments, moving home or starting a new school.

The X-Ray of Feelings is a series of five beautifully-illustrated pictures showing an X-ray of a child’s body which reveals some of the thoughts and feelings they might be experiencing such as ‘my stomach feels like a stormy sea’, ‘my brain is full of questions’, ‘my heart feels loud’, ‘I have jelly knees’ and ‘my head hurts because I miss mummy/daddy so much’.

Each illustration is accompanied by an activity sheet created by an educational psychologist. You can download the relevant scenario, talk it through with your child and tackle the activities; encouraging them to talk about and better understand how they’re feeling. The five scenarios covered by illustrations are: Moving house, mummy/daddy going away, mummy/daddy coming home, starting a new school and making friends.

To download the X-Ray of Feelings and find out more about Little Troopers, visit

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