Fun activities

29/6/2020

NHS superhero masks

cupcake_boggler_puzzle

 

18/6/2020

5 Awareness building mindfulness games for children and adults to share

 

1. Mindful game: Balancing on one foot

Purpose: Body awareness, Focus, Awareness, Mindful seeing

Best For: Ages 3+, groups or one-on-one 

What you need: Nothing

This is a simple game to develop focus and body awareness. It can be used to combat boredom while standing in a line, for example.

Ask your child to focus her gaze on a point slightly below eye level. Then ask her to stand on one leg and keep her gaze on the focal point. How long can she balance like this?

Try the other leg. To make it more difficult, engage your child in conversation. Ask her to sing something or to balance with her eyes closed. With a group of kids, you can see who can balance the longest time.

See if balancing becomes easier when you add mindful breathing to it.

 

2. Mindful game: Jenga

Purpose: Body awareness, Focus, Awareness, Understanding emotions

Best For: Ages 6+, one-on-one 

What you need: Jenga the game

Jenga isn’t just for kids–it’s a lot of fun for everyone. It teaches you how to pay attention, too. You can make it mindful by asking your child to pay attention to whatever it is that distracts her from the game.

Is she able to notice what made her lose focus?

Did thoughts or emotions make her lose concentration?

How about if you ask her tough questions as you play?

See how the game changes when you find a calm and clear mind. Try a few mindful breaths and see how it affects the results. Get Jenga here.     

 

3. Mindful game: Pennies game

Purpose: Detail Awareness, Focus, Awareness

Best For: Ages 3+, groups or one-on-one

What you need: One penny for each player, a basket

Everyone gets a penny and a minute to study it in detail. The pennies are

then placed back in the basket. Each player has to pick their penny out of all the pennies and say how they knew it was theirs. This game can be played with different objects.

 

4. Mindful game: Balancing relay

Purpose: Body awareness, Focus, Awareness

Best For: Ages 5+, groups or one-on-one 

What you need: A spoon and some water (or a spoon and a potato) per team

Similar to the egg-and-spoon race, this game teaches both focus and body awareness. The idea is to carry a spoon full of water to the next kid without spilling a drop. You can make it into a relay race if you are playing with a group of kids. To take it to the next level, ask your child to walk backwards or sideways while balancing the spoon.

 

5. Mindful game: Simon Says

Purpose: Mindful listening and seeing, Focus, Awareness

Best For: Ages 4+, groups or one-on-one 

What you need: Room to move

The classic Simon Says game uses both mindful seeing and listening skills. When the leader (the designated Simon) issues her command verbally and shows what to do visually, kids are challenged to pay attention to both visual and auditory input and discern whether or not to act.

The clue is that there’s a conflict between what they see visually and what they are instructed to do verbally.

Remember, you are only allowed to act when the leader says “Simon says” before the instruction.

We tend to act without thinking, and this game demonstrates just that.

Simon Says is a fun way to practice mindfulness by paying attention to outer experiences.

Here’s how the game works.

Choose who will take the role of Simon. It’s best if you model first. Next, Simon stands in front of the player(s) and issues instructions for physical actions and shows how to do them.

The instructions should be followed only if prefaced with the phrase “Simon says”.

Players win when they follow an instruction that is preceded by the phrase “Simon says”.

Players fail if they perform the action without the “Simon says” phrase or if they fail to perform the action when the phrase “Simon says” is used before the instruction.

If you want keep the game less competitive, you don’t have to eliminate players when they fail.

When you play with just one child, you can decide to switch roles when the player fails three times.

It doesn’t matter if you can actually perform the physical tasks, an attempt is enough. The ability to distinguish fake commands is what matters in this fun game.

Here are some amusing examples:

Simon says play air guitar. Simon demonstrates playing air guitar.

Simons says waddle like a penguin. Simon does a penguin impression.

Simon says cry like a baby. Simon cries like a baby.

Simon says tickle your feet. Simon tickles his feet.

Simon says giggle. Simon giggles.

Simon says freeze. Simon freezes.

Simon says spin around once. Simon spins around.

Simon says spin around twice. Simon spins around twice.

Spin around three times. Simon spins around thrice.

Did you attempt to spin around after this last command?

If you spun around, you failed. Simon didn’t say “Simon says” before the command. 🙂

When you are done playing, talk about the experience. Ask your child if it was hard or easy to pay attention to the instructions. Was it hard to pay attention to the instructions when they were excited and having fun?

Discuss how paying attention to what we see and hear could be helpful.

I hope that you enjoyed these ideas. 

 

4/6/2020

Supporting Transitions

kids-coronavirus-coloring-page

 

 

 

21/5/2020

Kinetic Sand

You will need;

 

  • An adult to help/supervise

 

  • 1 cup of sand 
  • 1tbsp cornflour
  • 1tbsp washing up liquid 
  • food colouring 
  • water
  • Put the sand in a bowl, then add the cornflour and mix well. 
  • Add the washing up liquid and a splash of water. Stir to create a paste (add a little more water if needed).
  • Add a few drops of food colouring. Keep adding and mixing until the sand changes colour. 
  • Leave the mixture to dry. If it’s too wet, add a bit more cornflour. 

Healthy Ice Lollies

As the weather is going to be warm this week, why not make some ice lollies! 

You will need;

 

  • An adult to help/supervise

 

  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Ice lolly Mould (Don’t worry, if you don’t have ice lollies moulds at home you could you use big ice cube trays, clean yoghurt pots, silicone muffin cases or paper/plastic cups.)

Prepare the fruit (you could use bananas, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, mango) 

Mix the yoghurt and the fruit together in a bowl

Pour the mixture into the mould

Put in the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until frozen solid

Run under warm water to help you ease the lolly from the mould

Delicious on a hot day!  

 

 

14/5/2020

 

 

7/5/2020

Fun Activities

Get Creative and have a go at making one of these monsters. Have a look in your recycling for boxes, toilet/kitchen roll, etc. You could also use foil, bubble wrap, shredded paper, lollipop sticks, googly eyes, felt tip pens and paint.

How about going on a bug hunt? Have a look in your garden or the local park while you are taking your daily exercise and see what creepy crawlies you can find.

Have fun keeping fit

 

20th April 2020

Print this word search off and find as many of the words you can!! Then answer the questions below.

 

2. See if you can complete this activity below:

3. This is a lovely simple game to make and play, use an old kitchen roll tube and if you have some paper plates decorate them cut a hole out and see how many rings you can get around the tube.

3rd April 2020

Hope everyone is well! Here is a fantastic link to a podcast for you all to listen to. From Mrs Walls and Sharon.

Happy Easter everyone!!!

 

 

Here is a fantastic idea;

Whenever a thought pops into your head such as something you want to do, somewhere you want to go, someone you want to see or a treat for yourself or someone you care about,  write it down on a small piece of paper and put it in a jar to save for when this is over (why not decorate the jar to make it extra special).  You can then go through your papers and over time make each of them a reality.  You will appreciate all those little things even more than ever.  Until that happens though just keep adding to your jar and watching it fill up, knowing all your special thoughts and wishes will come true and you have so much to look forward to.

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