Helping with Deployment Separation for Younger Children

Books for the kids

My Dad's A Hero by Rebecca Christiansen

H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scilliari

I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book about Deployment by Beth Andrews and Hawley Wright

My Dad's Deployment: A Deployment and Reunion Activity Book for Young Children by Julie LaBelle

The Wishing Tree by Mary Redman 

My Dad is Going Away but He Will be Back One Day: A Deployment Story by James Thomas 

My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting 

Red, White and Blue Goodbye 

Daddy, You're My Hero

An Army ABC Book

Bools For The Parents

The Military Father: A Hands-On Guide for Deployed Dads by Armin A. Brott

Other Ideas

Making a personal photo book using Shutterfly, Walmart photo, etc.

Making a quilt with photos of the deployed parent printed onto fabric that the child can carry around/sleep with.

DVDs/tapes/etc where the soldier is recorded reading a book to the child, retelling a favorite family story, or participating in family activities.

A stuffed 18"doll with the soldier's full-length picture imprinted it and a recorder in the back for a message.

Cardboard "flat daddies".

Stuffed animals/dolls where the child places a picture of the deployed parent in a special pocket 

Soldier takes camera cards with him/her, mails back the card with pictures for the children to be downloaded.

Soldier read a bedtime story to the child and the parent and child can read/talk about the pictures together over the phone/Skype.