The Bucket Story

The Bucket Story - A Narrative Approach to Building Mental Resilience

The “bucket” has been used as a metaphor to describe the happiness/life/love level historically. Similar to the metaphor of “is your glass half empty or half full”

A few authors have developed on this idea, including Ms Carol McCloud who authored “Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide To Daily Happiness for Kids (2015) and Dr Donald O. Clifton & Tom Rath (Gallup) who authored “How FULL is your Bucket?”

Both the above series of books originated from the ‘Story of the Dipper and The Bucket’ which, no surprise, originated in the 1960s from Dr. Donald Clifton himself, a psychologist and founder of The Clifton Strength School.

With reference to the “dipper” and the “bucket”, the focus of these authors had been about kindness and giving, filling others buckets instead of dipping from them.

We were first introduced to “The Bucket Story”© in 2007 by Ms Tania Skippen, an accomplished Occupational Therapist at that time, now she is the Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission in NSW! The concept had since been expanded upon and further developed by our Occupational Therapists into the model we are using today.

“The Bucket Story” is a narrative approach, a form of story telling to “help people identify their values, skills and knowledge they have in order to live these values” (Web, 2019) 

As a narrative approach, “The Bucket Story” goes beyond dipping and giving. 

It is an individualized story for each person.

We have used “The Bucket Story” with a range of people for the past decade. We have seen what a powerful tool it is in self- awareness building, visualization, “re-writing” of the story for change and empowerment. 

At Fortitudo, this is one of our signature programs, which is run in the form of workshops, talks and activities for all ages and abilities. In house developed handouts and resources are also available upon request. 

Contact us at 9771 9772 for any interest in workshops, talks and resources.

filling your bucket from the outside with The Five Love Languages

 Filling your (your child's) bucket from the outside with The Five Love Languages (Dr Gary Chapman)


The Five Love Languages (for children)

Filling your bucket from the inside with Erickson's Psycho-social Developmental stages

Filling your (your child's) bucket from the INSIDE, Erickson's Stages of Psychosocial Development


My Bucket Story




Fine Motor Skills in Children and Resilience- Filling the Bucket From the Inside

Do you know that fine motor skills such as finger strength, finger isolation, grasp and tool use are critical in self care, academics and play skills?
Being SELF SUFFICIENT in self help skills such as dressing and feeding; occupational skills such as writing, drawing; plays kills such as playing with Lego/blocks and manipulation of small objects fills a child's bucket from the inside making him/her more resilient.

Take some time to do some fun fine motor activities with your child today!

fine motor skills
fine motor skills milestone chart

fine motor skills milestone charts

Our Fine Motor Milestone Postcard Sets can be purchased here!

Erikson's stages My Bucket Story

Erickson's Stages- Filling The Bucket from The Inside (PNG Series) can be downloaded here.

Our next round of "Baby Hands" workshop for 2-5yo is happening in July19.
Save the dates, follow us as registration will open soon. Very limited spaces of 6 parent-child pairs only!


Mindfulness as Self- Care

FREE Resources ALERT!

Take a moment off your busy schedule to spend a mindful moment looking at something that makes you feel good and relaxed.
Try this exercise that our K1 and K2 students did at Gardens By The Bay on Friday 26 April 2019  at the Start Small Dream Big Launch.

I see I Smell I Hear I Appreciate
1. keep still and quiet
2. focus on your breathing
3. notice with your ears something you can hear
4. move your focus to your eyes, look at one object that makes you feel calm and happy
5. what are the colours that make up that object?
6. use these colours to paint a watercolour postcard
7. watch the colour merge to form a relaxing puddle
8. choose your favorite scent to be infused into the card to remind you of this moment
9. you are now refreshed and ready to take on the world again!


Mindful Watercolour Postcard
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