What’s New? Using the Weather to Teach Emotions and Learning to say ‘I Can!’
Spring may have officially arrived, but judging by the weather, we’re still waiting! This week we bring you fun emotional literacy resources using the weather to learn about, track and predict emotions, plus much more.
We’re also looking at setting goals for summer with our Goal Digger and helping children learn the power of ‘I Can!’ with The Orangutan Can. Keep reading to find out more about our new mental health and emotional literacy resources.
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Using the weather to learn about emotions
The weather can have a huge impact on our emotions, but did you know you can also use the weather to help children understand and accept their emotions?
Emotions naturally come and go – just like the weather. And we have about as much control over our emotions as we do the weather!
Emotions can be unpredictable, just like an angry storm or freezing snow. Notice that no matter how difficult the weather, the sun still shines and the sky remains unharmed.
Sometimes we can predict how we may feel, just like the weather. But we might not always get it right.
Just like putting a rain coat on to protect ourselves from the rain, we can do things to help us when we feel certain emotions. Such as things to help us feel calm when we feel angry, or happy when we feel sad!
We have three new weather themed resources for you this week. Find out more below!
My Feelings Forecast
Chart your child’s daily feelings and help them predict how they may feel in our Feelings Forecast.
Weekly Emotion Chart
Log weekly feelings in this emotion report! Features 9 emotions which can also double as fun emotion flashcards.
My Coping Umbrella
My Coping Umbrella is a fun calming craft activity for kids that puts them in control. Have them think about all the things that help them to feel calm and write them in the spaces on the umbrella. Cut out the umbrella, and secure through the middle to the blank page. Spin the umbrella to choose a coping technique!
What else is new?
The Orangutan Can
This is the Orangutan can, he can do ANYTHING! But more importantly, he believes that he can. This is a fun activity to help children think of other, more helpful ways of saying ‘I can’t.’
The Mind Mine
Let’s mine for nice thoughts – deep in your mind is the Mind Mine where lots of helpful thoughts are waiting to be found! This is a wonderful positive thinking and confidence-boosting activity for children.
A mindful worksheet this week – can your children unscramble the letters to reveal the emotion word? We’ve included emotion faces on our eggs to help!
THE GOAL DIGGER
This week we are focusing on helping your children reach a BIG goal with our goal digger. Perhaps it’s to learn to ride a bike or tie their shoelaces, this goal setting activity will inspire confidence and determination.
But oh no! – Their big goal is under all that rubble, it‘s impossible to reach! So how can we reach it? We want your children to think of three small steps to dig towards their goal.
Just like a digger has to make lots of small digs to clear the mound, reaching a big goal can seem a lot more achievable when we take smaller steps to reach it.
Directions: Ask your children to think of what their BIG goal is. Is it learning to swim, moving up a reading band or two or even learning to play an instrument? A big goal can seem daunting at first, but we want children to feel like they can achieve anything! Once they’ve written their goal in the mound, help them to come up with three small steps they can take to achieve their goal.
Why is goal setting good for mental health?
Goal setting is a great way to help children build self-confidence and help them to create healthy habits. Goal setting encourages children to dream big, showing them that hard challenges are attainable through small steps.