Child-Friendly Materials for Children Affected by the Crisis in Ukraine

Ukrainian children who have left their country are or will be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and stress on their mental health.  Thus, a number of mental health professionals and volunteers are working to create stories designed to help both children who have fled Ukraine as well as children who are a part of host communities.  The stories highlighted below aim to support children process intense feelings and questions during an incredibly difficult time.

The resources below are available in English and Ukrainian, with two resources also available in Russian, Polish, Czech, and French. 

Heroes Cry Too 

Meeting a Hero 

Big Journey, Big Feelings

Alicja Safarzyńska-Płatos, a designer with a background in psychology, developed this child-friendly storybook in consultation with psychologists in Poland along with translators and an illustrator to support children fleeing Ukraine. This story is meant to be used to help children who have left their homes and country to understand what is happening.   It can also be used as a colouring book.  

The story is available in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Czech, French, and English.

Alicja Safarzyńska-Płatos, a designer with a background in psychology, developed this child-friendly storybook in consultation with psychologists in Poland along with translators and an illustrator to use with children in host communities who may interact with children and their caregivers who have fled Ukraine. It can also be used as a colouring book.  

The story is available in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Czech, French, and English.

 

This social story has been designed by Daylight Creativewww.longertableconsulting.com, and Koen Sevenants of the Global CP AoR to be used with Ukrainian children to help them process their feelings and questions during an incredibly difficult time. 

This story is available in Ukrainian and English in the following formats:  1) pdf versions in colour and black and white; 2) comic strip type story for social media (social tiles); and 3) in open art files should anyone wish to adapt or translate further.

Heroes Cry Too
Meeting a Hero
Big Journey Big Feelings

To contribute more child-friendly resources relevant for children affected by the crisis in Ukraine, please write to cp-aor@unicef.org.   

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