Play & Mindfulness Activities for Children

 
Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-24th May
 
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. For one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation campaigns around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the theme is Kindness.

Power of kindness calendar

The power of kindness calendar helps children and young people learn about and carry out kind acts. There are different sets of kindness activities for covering different age groups.

The power of kindness calendar is a lovely well-being activity offering ideas as to how your child can practice kindness every day and record it on the calendar!

Please check out the Red Cross website for some lovely ideas linked to mental well-being.  As well as the calendar the website offers additional resources, such as:

Five activities of kindness and resilience

  • Develop resilience and encourage kindness through activities on routine building, coping mechanisms and acts of kindness.

Kindness teaching resources

  • Children, young people, parents and teachers can use our free and engaging online resources during the coronavirus lockdown. Each one explores and promotes the value of kindness.

 

Play & Physical Activities

 

Click on the bold titles to access the resources

 

The Body Coach: P.E. with Joe Wicks Free workout aimed at young people Monday to Friday 9am

Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga and Mindfulness. Enjoy a woof-tastic mix of dog and puppy themed child yoga and mindfulness videos to help children self-regulate and understand how to train their attention.

Pre-school Inspirations: The Best Yoga Videos for young people

BBC Supermovers: Interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS2 Maths. Literacy and PSHE and PE learning. Great for times tables as well as videos that are just for fun!

Go Noodle: Hundreds of ‘brainercise’ dancing, strength and mindfulness videos as well as videos that are just for fun!

Premier League Stars: Have a wide collection of free, curriculum activities to educate and entertain young people at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your child get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing. 

Strictly’s Dance with Oti Mabuse: Dance classes daily

 
Meaningful May
We can’t control what’s going on around us, but we can choose how we respond. Join Action for Happiness for #MeaningfulMay and find ways to respond to the crisis with a sense of purpose.  Complete the Action Calendar: Meaningful May 2020. 31 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together.

 

Mindfulness Activities

 

What can I do whilst at home?

• Read books you never have time to read

• Exercise

• Research a charity to support

• Take up baking

• Listen to music

• Create a scrapbook

• Start a gratitude journal

• Catch up on movies/ tv series

• Mindfulness colouring books

• Write a poem or story

• Try an art project

• Create homemade gifts

• Keep in touch with family and friends via phone / internet

• Build something amazing with lego.

• Create a list of things to be happy about, add to it each day

• Create music playlists

• Play board games

• Get out in your garden

• Find and listen to great podcasts (including Chadsgrove!!)

A-Life

At A-life, what they love the most is going into schools, motivating and inspiring children directly with their hands-on, fun and educational healthy workshops. They can’t wait to do that again, but in the meantime they wanted to make sure they continue to help children and their families with their physical and mental health and well-being.

A-life have created some activities based on their most popular school workshop activities, adapted for online/at home use.

Check out their website, there may be things on their worth looking at for other members of your family. Pass onto your friends too!

Enjoy!