Well it really is Wellbeing Wednesday today as we have a whole day of wellbeing activities lined up as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. .Scroll through and see what you fancy tackling and have a fun day! I will share photos and work tomorrow rather than clog up today’s post as it is already quite a long one!
The theme this year is ‘Express yourself’ so read on to see what exciting activities you can take part in. If you don’t want to complete them all today, you can of course, do them whenever you choose to. Do remember to upload photos to Seesaw or email them as we love to see what you are doing.
Self-expression is a great way to free your mind. It is about finding creative ways to share feelings, thought and ideas through doing things that make you feel good. I love to bake and I enjoy snuggling up with a good book or walking my dogs on the beach. (You can see one of the things I do right at the very bottom of this post). What do you like to do?
Activity one – dressing up
Activity two – design a self-portrait
Activity three – squiggle time
Activity four – simple origami
Activity five – Desert Island discussions
Activity six – emotion card match up
Activity seven – express yourself word search
Activity eight – paper chains
Our first activity is quite easy – it is take a photo of yourself wearing your brightest clothing – that’s right, really express yourself! Sometimes wearing bright colours can really cheer us up can’t it? Especially as we are still in the middle of wintertime.
Our second activity on the theme of Express yourself’ is to create a self-portrait. You can do this in any way you choose; paints, felt-tips, pencil crayons, collage, you choose! If you can upload a photo of your portrait when it is completed, we can post some on the class blog and you can try and guess who’s who. Here are just a few ideas to help you.
You might want to spend lots of time on your self-portrait but when you are ready to move on you can try activity three, the Squiggle challenge.
Watch the short clip below to find out more.
Now you know what to do, have a go at creating your own squiggle drawing. What will you end up with?
Activity Four – If you would rather make something than draw something, have a go at making this cute origami dog then give him a name! Watch the clip to find out how
How could you personalise your dog? Add some googly eyes maybe if you have some, or use some sparkly glitters or anything else that you can find.
For activity five, you will need some of your family or your classmates to join in.
Imagine you have been stranded on a desert island. (Don’t worry a ship comes to rescue you later). You have to use your imagination to share these ideas and take turns to listen to everyone else’s ideas.
What did you find out? Where your ideas the same or different to everyone else’s? Remember it is ok to express yourself differently.
For activity six you will be thinking about emotions. It’s really important to be able to express ourselves to people that we trust so that they can help us understand our feelings Have a look at these emotion and situation cards and talk about them. Can you match up which emotion might go with each situation?
Could you help a friend if they were feeling worried or sad for example. What could you say or do? What would you want a friend or someone in your family to say to you or do for you if you felt that way?
When you’ve had a think you could share your ideas on this sheet. (Template on Seesaw)
You could choose to complete activity seven which is a word search to remind yourself of just some of the ways you might choose to express yourself. (Template on Seesaw).
Finally activity eight. A final activity that Mrs Gardner has chosen for us. Use any paper that you have to create paper chains. You could add an ‘express yourself’ or wellbeing message to each strip before you glue them together.
Remember I said I like to bake? It really makes me feel happy so I shall leave you with one final thing, a recipe to make Brownies. Maybe you can try it sometime. You can add whatever toppings you like and you can use ordinary self-raising flour not gluten-free unless like me you can’t eat gluten. There’s a photo of the latest ones I have made at the bottom. I hope you have enjoyed Wellbeing Day. Mrs P x