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Activities to Support Children

Supporting Children's Well-Being

 

Well-being is so important to the overall health of our children. It will help them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life. In the following documents you will find a number of different activities that you can use at home with your child to support their Well-Being.

Activities for children up to the age of 7

The Dot by Peter H Reynolds

Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can. She knows that there’s creative spirit in everyone, and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently, and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way…

"My Strong Mind" by Niels Van Hove

Teach your children about Mental Strength, Resilience and a Growth Mindset. With My Strong Mind your children will be introduced to mental strength and learn social skills and techniques to develop their own strong mind.

Hot Chocolate Breathing (Cocoa)

Whether you use your imagination or make a real Hot Chocolate drink, this technique is great for calming little ones down.

 

 

 

Bubble breathing

 

Duration: 20 minutes

 

You will need:

  • A bowl 
  • A whisk or spoon 
  • Sugar  
  • A cup 
  • Water 
  • Washing up liquid 
  • 4 cups warm water 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup washing up liquid 

 

Blowing bubbles is great fun, and it has an added benefit too – the deep breathing required to blow bubbles can help you to relax and feel calm. 

 ‘Bubble breathing’ can even be done without the bubbles, any time you want to feel calm. Simply take a deep breath in through your nose, then breathe out slowly through your mouth with your lips small, as if you were going to blow a bubble. This kind of breathing leaves more room for fresh inhaled air. You can even imagine any worries you might have floating away like bubbles.   

 

Instructions

1. Whisk the sugar into the warm water until the sugar dissolves. 

2. Add the washing up liquid and stir to combine. 

3. Let it sit for a while. This step is only if you are patient enough to wait – letting the bubble mixture sit for a couple of hours helps them work a bit better, but is not essential.  

4.Find some things to blow your bubbles with – you might have an old bubble wand, but if not, try some objects you might have around the house. We used a hairband and a biscuit cutter! Our best bubbles came from a pipe cleaner which we twisted into a homemade bubble wand.  

5.Now it’s time to blow some bubbles! 

 

 

Improve your child's wellbeing during the Pandemic

At this moment we're all feeling less secure and missing our usual routines. However, just as doing exercise helps our physical health, you and your child can do activities to boost their mental health.

Useful websites 

Here are some useful websites that have activity ideas for you and your child:

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