Merry Hill’s EYFS team presents a very special
Children’s Mental Health Week
1-7 February 2021
It’s a very special week this week as Merry Hill is very proudly supporting Children’s Mental Health Week along with Place2Be.
Place2be is a charity providing mental health counselling support and training to schools to improve the emotional well being of pupils, families, teachers and staff.
Expressing yourself means doing activities that make YOU feel good!
Please watch this short clip of Place2be telling you all about this years theme…
This Mindful Monday is jam packed with ideas for you and your families, so over this next week why don’t you try expressing yourself in these fun and exciting ways!
Ok lets get cracking…..
Why not take your art outside? Here are two amazing artists who work with all natural materials just like we do in Mini Explorers. Have a look at the clips below for some inspiring ideas from Andy Goldsworthy and have a look at James Brunt’s website for some more beautiful ideas!
Always make sure you are in a safe outdoor space and that you are with your grown ups!
Create your own happy play list.
Do you have songs that make you sing, dance and give you those happy feelings! When we put on our happy tunes they can change our mood instantly!
Why don’t you become your own DJ and create your own happy hits play list? You can use the pdf below or design your own. If you have a tablet you could download your songs and anytime you need a bit of a boost or a lift you can just play your special play list for those instant happy vibes!!
I decided to ask all the staff at Merry Hill what songs make them feel happy? So if you want to see who dances around their kitchen to Justin Timberlake, who wants to ‘Dance with Somebody’ like Whitney Houston or what member of staff does Pharrell Williams make ‘Happy’ just take a look at the PDF below.
Dance and Drama
Have a listen to Giraffes Can’t Dance read by Mrs Howe. Nobody tells a story quite like our very own Mrs Howe and she has very kindly agreed to read it to us here on our Mindful Monday blog. Thank you so much Mrs Howe!
https://f.io/WW6x3TPY Giraffe Can’t Dance read by Mrs Howe
Gerald loves expressing himself in his own unique way through his own special dancing and now it’s your turn, play a song, get dancing and enjoy yourself!!
How about making some puppets and perform a puppet show? You could write your own play or you could perform a story like the 3 Little Pigs or Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
You can make your puppets out of old socks, spoons, old pieces of material, lollypop sticks or even old gloves or washing up gloves.
Writing and Poetry
How about using story stones? You could pick 5 stones and then write a story using those 5 stones. Please go to the website below for details on how to make your very own story stones.
Or, you could write a positive letter to yourself. Here is an example of a positive letter.
Do you know my handwriting is getting better every day. I also got dressed all by myself and remembered to brush my teeth. I really like you nose, without you I would not be able to smell the yummy strawberries I had for my snack today, thank you.
Today I am feeling……….(proud/happy/excited)…………………………………..
I love poetry I used to write poems when I was much younger, I like funny poems because I like to make people laugh. It makes me happy seeing people laughing and smiling. I wrote a poem for all my Mini Explorers (yes that’s you) so if you would like to read it, click on the link below and I hope it makes you smile too!
Film and Photography
Do you have a happy place? A happy place is a memory, situation or an activity that makes you feel happy. It could be a photo of a beach or you riding a pony, it could be you sitting having a special dinner with your family or a photograph of you and your friends at a birthday party. If you feel worried, sad, lonely or angry sit and picture in your head your happy place, maybe you could make a happy place book and stick all your photo’s in there?
Here are some of the Early Years teachers happy places, have a look at them on the pdf below.
How about having a movie night with a difference? A movie where you are the star, make a short movie on a tablet or phone and then watch it back with your family. You could pretend you’re at the cinema, get some popcorn, a drink and enjoy! Perhaps you could even give out your very own Oscars for best actor, director etc.
As always I’m going to finish with a little bit of yoga and some quiet time…
This is a special yoga pose called Cactus click below to give it a try…
Cactus pose is really great because it helps you with your self-expression and creativity. I do it all the time when the creative part of my brain needs a little help . Doing this pose makes me laugh so much that sometimes I fall over, which makes me laugh even more!!
A Mindful Minute
Meditation is great for your creativity because it helps clear your mind of all your thoughts that are naturally running around in your head. Being mindful is about noticing how your body feels right now – what you can smell, taste, hear and see in this present moment.
Just sitting for one mindful minute can help calm your mind and help you think better!
A minute is just like counting up to 60, so you could use a timer (a grown up will help you) or make a glitter jar, shake it up and just sit quietly and watch all the glitter fall to the bottom (that’s exactly what ‘s happening with all those thoughts running around in your head). Once the glitter falls to the bottom you can stay where you are or you can get up and get on with your day, either way notice how you feel after. Don’t worry if you can’t sit for a whole minute at first just give it a go and the more you do it the easier it will get!
Find instructions on how to make a Mindful Glitter Jar below.
This is a song for all our lovely children both in school and at home who keep us smiling and make us proud, the parents and carers who are doing such an amazing job of home schooling and all my hard working, supportive colleagues at Merry Hill School, because as I always like to tell the children ‘team work makes dreams work’! I hope the song below makes you as happy as it does me!
Have a wonderful week and I can’t wait to see everyone dressing to express on Friday whether you’re at home or at school!
The Nursery and Reception Team