Releasing Angry Feelings with Anger Bubbles

July 10, 2017

Anger is a completely normal feeling, especially after someone special has died or been diagnosed with a serious illness. Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to express these angry feelings, but when they stay below the surface, they can bubble up and come out all at once. Anger bubbles are a great activity for releasing angry feelings in children and adults!


  1. Vegetable or Canola oil
  2. Water
  3. Food coloring
  4. Glitter (optional)
  5. Alka-Seltzer tablets


  • Fill water bottle about 2/3 full with vegetable or canola oil.
  • Add water and fill almost to the top, leaving about a ¼ inch of room.
  • Add several big drops of food coloring and a few sprinkles of glitter.
  • Once the food coloring mixes with the water and the contents of the bottle settle, drop in an Alka-Seltzer tablet and observe what happens.

Suggestions for Sharing About Anger:

  • Before dropping in the Alka-Seltzer tablet, ask the child/teenager to share about their anger; what is making them feel angry? Are these big angry feelings or small angry feelings? Encourage them to squeeze these angry feelings into the Alka-Seltzer tablet and then drop the tablet into the bottle, observing what happens as their anger bubbles up and then begins to calm down. They may continue dropping tablets in until their anger begins to calm.
  • If you know something will happen that will make your child upset or angry, prepare for those emotions and experiences by acknowledging their possibility and then dropping a tablet into the bottle to release tension.
  • Drop tablets in when you feel angry too! This is something you and your child can do together.

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