Coronavirus

Everybody Worries book. A great online book to share with children about worries.

Click on the star below for Coronavirus support updates

CBeebies releases new Mindfulness app experience voiced by Stephen Fry

Children can learn and develop mindful habits to help them through these unprecedented times with the launch of Your Mindful Garden
Developed with a mindfulness consultant, and available now for free in the CBeebies Go Explore app, it lets little ones discover three fun activities each day that introduce focus, creativity and calm. Your Mindful Garden teaches valuable techniques to help children de-stress and unwind - useful skills both in these tough times and for later in life

Spending time in nature can really help our emotional wellbeing, whatever our age. Here are a few creative ideas you could try with children, either in your garden or out on your daily walk
Credit: Hike it Baby

Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak

Government guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

'Many ways to share a hug' - Social Story
https://www.childhood.org.au/app/uploads/2020/04/hug_HR.pdf

Ten tips for talking to your child
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/#ten-tips-from-our-parents-helpline

How to tell children and young people that someone is seriously ill
https://www.winstonswish.org/telling-children-young-people-serious-illness

A lovely, printable 14 day mindfulness activity challenge
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-home-challenge.pdf

My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule
https://www.dropbox.com/s/po5rmhnau24vcg4/2020%20Covid-19%20time%20capsule%20sheets.pdf?dl=0
A great printable resource for children

A coronavirus story
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-story-for-children-1.pdf

Dr Chris and Dr Xand are here to tell you why the coronavirus might not be as scary as it sounds.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366 

Action for Happiness - Coping Calendar
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars

Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, Yoga Videos and More...
Childline Calm-Zone
https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone

An activity for grounding and calming
https://kristinamarcelli.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/hold-a-sense-of-inner-peace-with-you-wherever-you-go/

Just Breathe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVA2N6tX2cg
A video aimed at children to help them feel calmer

150 Sensory Learning Ideas
https://inclusiveteach.com/2020/03/20/150-sensory-learning-ideas

'100 positive things every kid needs to hear'
https://raising-independent-kids.com/100-positive-things-every-kid-needs-hear

Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness App
https://www.cosmickids.com
This app often has a two week trial available

 

Helpful Articles

The discomfort you're feeling is grief
https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

Telephone Helplines

Samaritans - Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans can help- they offer emotional support and a listening ear 25 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a Freephone number that can even be called from a mobile that has no credit. Your call will not appear on the phone bill.

Childline - Call 0800 1111 (24 hours)
Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.

NSPCC Helpline - Call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

CALM Helpline - Call 0800 58 58 58
https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Confidential support for men, 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight, free

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - Call 0808 2000 247
Free, confidential, 24 hour helpline
https://www.starsdorset.org

STARS Dorset - Call 01202 308855
STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.

Mosaic Family Support - Call 01258 837071
https://mosaicfamilysupport.org
Supporting bereaved children

Winston's Wish - Call 08088 020021
https://www.winstonswish.org
Supports bereaved children, young people and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

30-Day Challenges

LEGO bricks are a great manipulative to work the fingers as children build and even pick up LEGO pieces. Children love the thrill of building and they can do this for hours, building up strong little muscles in their hands that will help them do other skills, such as learn to write.

These challenges are great. How many can be made? We would love to see your constructions.

              NB. other bricks can be used!!!!

The Mum Educates have made  a great Art/Dt challenge and has sure that all the activities given are easy to set up, require minimal resources and children can do themselves.

If your child comes and says “I am bored!” you are all covered just hand over this challenge and ask them to finish the challenge by the end of this month.

Research suggests that doing exercise not only helps children stay active and healthy, but it also impacts positively on their learning skills and keeps them happier and socially engaged. The Mum Educate has made this children's fitness challenge that will make exercise so much fun that kids won’t even feel that they are working out.

Life skills are as important as educational or other skills in life. Now when children are at home due to the coronavirus, it’s a perfect time to start building these skills. To make this fun for children, The Mum Educates  have a made a 30-day Kids Life Skills Challenge which your children will surely enjoy and will prepare them for the rest of life.