8 Football Themed Mental Health Resources to Use During the World Cup

The World Cup has kicked off and football fever has well and truly landed in the UK! We know that a lot of football-mad children will experience a range of emotions over the next few weeks, so why not try some of our football themed resources below?
Looking for ways to help children feel calm and focused during the World Cup? Or perhaps you’re looking for some fun football-themed emotional literacy resources to help children learn about and manage their feelings? Then join the Be Happy Hub today! Here are some of our most popular football-themed mental health and calming resources…
My Thought Goals – Help children with anxiety, intrusive thoughts or critical thinking with our thought management worksheet. This football-themed activity asks your child to pick their three most bothersome thoughts, encouraging them to come up with alternatives to place in the goal.
 
Football Themed Breathing Exercises – We have three football-themed breathing activities on the Hub, including a football tracing exercise where your child can follow the football to the goal, football shirt breathing and football heart breathing for the children who just love football!
 
Zones of Regulation Football – The Calm Pitch – Emotion / Self Regulation Activity – With the world about to go a little football mad – you can now download our Zones of Regulation Football from the Be Happy Hub! This activity combines the zones of regulation with football, helping children to identify their emotions and think about how they can stay in the green zone (in the game) using the rules of football.
 
???? The Calm Pitch is our green zone
???? The Bench is our blue zone or rest area
???? Yellow Cards are our yellow zone
???? Red Cards are our red zone
 
Use football to help your child learn about the zones of regulation and what each zone means. For example, if they get a red card, this means they are sent off the calm pitch and need to do a calming technique. If they get a yellow card, this is a caution – what can they do to ensure they can stay in the game? If they are on the bench, what can they do to get their energy up and back onto the pitch? We’ve included a How To with this activity, but we think you could use this lots of different ways!
Football Mindful Colouring – Help children to wind down after the emotional rollercoaster of a football game by colouring in our fun football-themed mindful colouring sheet.
 
Football and Feelings Card Matching Activity – Fun Emotional Literacy Resource – This activity helps your child identify the emotions they feel whilst playing football by asking them to match these game scenarios with the emotion card they feel. Download, print and cut out the scenario and emotion cards, and ask your child to imagine themselves in each scenario and how they would feel.
 
Football Emotion Flashcards – 16 emotion football-themed flashcards, why not use these throughout the World Cup to ask your child or class how they are feeling each day?
 
Football Calming Strategy – Cut out the football provided and use this to trace the game strategy, starting at our first player, follow the line until the football reaches the last player, doing each calming activity as you go. We’ve included a blank template for your child to come up with their own football calming strategy too!
 
Football Feelings Emotional Literacy Worksheet – Some more World Cup resources for the classroom and at home! We all know that football is an extremely emotional game, we’ve put some of the most common emotions that your child might feel when they watch or play football – can they guess what they are?
 
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