What’s New This Week? – 10th December – New Mindful and Calming Christmas Resources Plus More!
Christmas is getting closer by the day and we have lots of new calming and mindful resources for you to use with your children this month. Let’s take a look at what’s new to the Hub this week.
We have a mixture of resources this week as we look at how we can help children feel calm in the run up to Christmas, we’ve also got a new FREE feel-good download and some new resources around toilet anxiety.
Spread Christmas Cheer with our New Free Download!
Make someone smile this month with our free festive kindness tags. Simply download, print and write positive messages on the tags that you think people would like to read (click here for some ideas!) Then cut out and leave in public places for other people to find. The person who finds your message can either choose to leave your message somewhere else, or visit our website and download the tags themselves. Download here:
What’s New for Members?
New to our Christmas Section
The Christmas Worry Tree – The Christmas Worry Tree features three calming exercises in one to help children with anxiety or intrusive thoughts this Christmas:
Go through the prompts to notice and explore the worry
Colour in the baubles
Complete the breathing exercise
Christmas Themed Breathing Exercises for Kids – 12 printable flashcards – Looking for ways to help children feel calm this Christmas? Download our printable Christmas Breathing Flashcards! Features 12 easy breathing exercises that your child can do from anywhere. You can even do them too. Downloads as three A4 pages with cut lines.
Colour your own Christmas Flashcards – For our younger minds we have uploaded our new colour your own flashcards. Help children learn all about Christmas and enjoy the mindful art of colouring in each card!
Christmas Mood Colouring Activity – Pick four colours to show how you’re currently feeling to complete this Christmas colouring activity sheet.
Colour your own Christmas Bookmarks – Encourage children to pick up their books this month by colouring in our festive bookmarks. They can choose the one they like best or use all three!
Design and Ugly Christmas Jumper – An Activity with a Thought Provoking Message – This activity has a lovely message for children. Have them design an ugly jumper and make it as ugly as possible. When they’ve finished, they have to show their design to as many people as they can. We bet they will find at least one person who likes their jumper – showing that nothing is ugly, everything in life is subjective!
Fill your Christmas Stocking – This activity is based on the bucket filling principle that says that we all carry an invisible bucket, when our buckets are full we are calm, content and happy. When our buckets are empty, we are sad, angry or weary. Instead of a bucket, this Christmas themed activity uses a stocking! – Can you help your child to fill their stocking with all the things that will make them calm and happy?
Write a Thank you letter to Santa – New Kids Gratefulness Activity – Many of us understand the true power of gratefulness on mental health. This simple but effective activity asks your child to send a thank you letter to Santa – what do they want to thank Santa for?
New to our WinterFest section
Snowflake Breathing Exercise Sheet – We have two new winter-themed breathing exercises for you this week including our Snowflake Breathing. Have your child trace their finger along the lines of the snowflake, slowly breathing in and out.
Snowman Breathing Exercise – Our second winter themed breathing activity features our snowman – or snowperson. Have your child trace around the snowperson’s head whilst slowly breathing in, and then around the inside of the snowperson’s belly slowly breathing out. Repeat 3-5 times.
New to our Mental Elf on the Shelf Section
The Mindful Christmas Elf-abet – Have your visiting elf can drop off this fun mindful activity this December. Fill in the ‘Elf-abet’ with all the things of Christmas!
New to our Baby and Toddler Section
Black and White Baby Sensory Christmas Flashcards – If you don’t know how amazing black and white resources are for babies you can read all about the benefits here. We have lots of black and white brain stimulating flashcards on our Hub for our littlest minds, and now we have Christmas themed ones too! Find them in our Baby and Toddler section.
New to the Hub:
Toilet Phobia/Anxiety Resources – Did you know that over 70% of early years practitioners have come across children with toilet anxiety? We’ve put together some fun resources to help your children with this surprisingly common disorder. You can read more about toilet anxiety and these resources here.
All our new resources mentioned above can be downloaded from the Be Happy Hub right now. Not a member? You can sign up here.
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Our second secret resource was sent out on Friday evening to our Secret Santa members – have you signed up? You can still download all our previous activities and sign up to receive our next two activities here.