Scary, to cause fright or alarm, has many interpretations depending on the person who is scared.
For children the source of "Scary" can be come from anywhere; a fire alarm, a imagined monster, a character in a movie or book, a neighborhood dog. The list is endless.
So how do we help them to deal with "scary"
Drawing and discussions are a good place to start.
For Sophia, aged four, scary was the witch in Snow White.
Of particular "scariness" were her long fingernails, the wart on her nose and her scary nose. Sophia chose the color green to accent the features that scared her the most.
She also added a bubbling cauldron filled with poison apples.
Here is her story
A witch isn't real it's just in your mind. If you think about it in your mind it could be scary but it's not real. It's just imagination because there is no such thing as witches because they're just in movies and stories. They're scary because they could kill people and because they scare people and eat people.
These are the witch's black crows. The crows have red beaks and they are nice and furry and soft and they have black feathers. Inside the wings they have red poison. You can't see the poison because it's black but I made it red so Tiziana could see it. They spray the poison on people who come too close because that means the crows are afraid of the people . The poison is going to kill the people. They're bad crows because they spray poison on people and they want to hurt them just like the queen who gave the poison apple to Snow White.
The pot is bubbly and it's for the apple for Snow White. The apple is poisoned and nice and shiny and red and it's crunchy if you eat it. If you eat it it is going to be poisoned. It has a black dot on it and that is where the poison is.
The witch is angry and mad and she has a mirror mirror on the wall because it always tells her Snow White is the fairest of them all. She's angry at Snow White and she always kills Snow White and she wants to be the fairest of them all.
The spiders are creepy and crawly and they always tickle you if they crawl on you. They eat flies and they live in cob webs.
The nails are pointy and they're sharp and she can't make a fist because she'll hurt herself and nobody can touch her nails.
Snow White died because she took a bite of the poison apple and the Prince might have to kiss her.
And that's why I think that the witch is scary!