What’s New This Week? – 17th August

Lots of new activities this week including three new adult resources.
We’ve got 17 new resources this week all about increasing emotional awareness and inspiring positive thinking. Not only do we have our usual unique mental health resources for kids, but we’ve also got three new resources for adults.
 
Take a look below to see what’s new!
Happy Robot, Sad Robot – a very simple but effective activity for our youngest minds. Have them draw a happy face and sad face on our robot – this is great for emotional awareness and thinking about what parts of the face express emotions. Bonus points for colouring in!
 
Weekly Gratitude Diary – We all know the amazing benefits of practising gratitude. Writing down what we’re grateful for on a regular basis has been shown to improve our mood and even our sleep quality. Help your children to think about all the amazing things in their lives by writing down one thing they are thankful for each day.
 
I’m Sorry Cards – Guilt can be a bit of a complex emotion so we’ve been working on some new apologising resources to help your children not only think about how guilt makes them feel, but also how our actions affect others. If you’re a teacher – why not keep these on your desk for children to pick up and fill out when they need to apologise?
 
5,4,3,2,1 Poster – for adults and children – one of our favourite and one of the most universal grounding techniques is the 5,4,3,2,1 technique which uses your senses to engage your mind with your surroundings. This technique can help when you feel overwhelmed, anxious or during a panic attack by focusing your mind on your immediate environment. Display this poster where you can see it for times of need.
 
Today I Feel Jars – Another little activity to help children engage with how they’re feeling and build emotional awareness. Simply ask them to colour in the jar that best describes how they’re currently feeling.
 
Emotion Faces Activity – It wouldn’t be upload day without a cut and stick activity – cut out the shapes and ask your child to assemble them on the circle to create a face that best represents how they’re feeling. The shapes can be used and assorted many different times and ways to create new emotions each time.
 
Adult Breathing Exercises – You’ll find these over in our new Mum and Baby section! Trace the lines with your finger as you take deep breaths in and out – these are great exercises to do when emotions feel heightened, having your brain focus on the lines, instead of any pressing thoughts or worries that may be escalating.
 
Breathing Exercise Posters – Perfect to display in any classroom! We have one poster with all our favourite techniques on or one for each technique depending on which one you fancy. Why not change them around each term?
 
Needs Vs Wants – Help children to identify what things they need and which things they want. We’ve provided some examples that they can cut and paste, but can they think of some of their own too? Focusing on what we need, and not what we want, can help to increase our mood, and some have stated, is the key to happiness!
 
How I Feel During the Day – This activity can help children identify any patterns in their emotions during the day – do they feel the same way at the same time each day? Are they often happy and excited at night time when it’s time to go to bed? Or perhaps they’re moody and tired in the mornings? Explore how their current lifestyle impacts on their emotions and find ways to limit any negative patterns.
 
Break It Down – Adults and 9-11 years – This Break It Down activity allows you or your child to get a recurring negative or anxious thought and pick it apart. When you break this thought down and really look into what is causing this thought, you are better able to manage it. Sometimes, when negative thoughts enter our heads, we’re quick to push them to the back of our minds. But, if we hold onto that thought, write it down and assess that thought – this means it’s much less likely to continue to bother us.
 
How to Feel Happy – A worksheet all about happiness! Feel-good vibes guaranteed.
 
Summer Reflection – We love a reflection activity, thinking of happy memories is an instant mood lifter. Have your child think of two of their favourite memories from this summer and draw them in the glasses.
 
First Day of School Handprints – We couldn’t resist another starting school momento, as we know just how exciting and pivotal this step is for young children! Cover your child’s hands in paint and print them on each side of the book for a cute reminder of their first day.
 
10 Minute Brain Break – A round of four quick fire questions to challenge children to write down what’s on their mind. Make sure to time them – they only have 10 minutes to full in each box!
 
Thought Changer – Lastly, you’ll find this activity in our older kids section (9-11). Help them to change negative thoughts into positive ones, by writing down the negative, or unhelpful thought on one side, and thinking of a more positive statement on the other.
 
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