What’s New This Week – 21st October
Halloween, harvest and happy thoughts! We’re nearly at the end of the month and for some schools, half term is here. See what we’ve got to keep your kids busy – and feeling good – this week…
We have some more Halloween themed resources, including Pumpkin Breaths, a social anxiety worksheet and a ghoul-ish activity for you! Continue reading below.
I Can Harvest Nice Thoughts – October is a time for harvest and being thankful for the food we eat. This is a nice little activity to fit into your day. Use this seasonal resource to encourage children to think about what they like about themselves – and relish in all those warm and fuzzy thoughts!
My Solar System of Support – Help children to realise who is in their ‘Solar System of Support’ by having them draw or write the names of those in their support network around them. Draw themselves in the middle and have them look at all the people they can talk to and trust – this is their very own Solar System of Support!
Grateful Ghosts – Gratefulness is one of the best things we can practise for positive mental health. This ghoul-ish activity asks your child to list all the things they are thankful for this Halloween – and there are NO wrong answers! Perhaps it’s sweets, costumes, food, parties, friends – there are lots of things to be thankful for this month.
My Scary Social Situations – We’re quickly approaching the party season, Christmas gatherings, bonfires and Halloween parties loom – but lots of children can struggle with being around people, even people they know. This activity helps them to realise what situations they struggle with the most and think about what works to calm them when they start to get upset or anxious.
Parent Report Card – We’re always giving our children feedback – but rarely do we ask for it in return! Have them fill in this report card to see what areas they think you can improve in. It’s not an activity to criticise, but one that helps you to become closer and ensure you’re always meeting their emotional needs.
My Anxiety Levels – In this worksheet we’ve categorised anxiety into three levels – helping children to think about their body responses, thoughts and feelings at each stage as their anxiety levels increase. It then asks what can help them at each stage – the more awareness they have around their anxiety response, the better they can manage it.
Mindful Finger Tracing – We’re a big fan of finger tracing if you haven’t noticed and children love it too! This is a wonderful grounding activity that helps children to refocus on what’s in front of them and what they can touch and control, rather than any escalating thoughts and feelings. If you want to help your child calm down fast, this Halloween themed activity is definitely worth a try!
Pumpkin Breaths – There’s always a way to bring deep breathing into your day, event or season! Pumpkin Breaths helps children to take deep breaths in and out, focusing on tracing their finger around the Pumpkin following the prompts. We’ve also included a bonus exercise on this worksheet – can they draw a face on our pumpkins to make it look like they are breathing in and out?
That’s all for this week! Which is your favourite this week? Remember, you have to be a member to use these resources – you can sign up here.
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