Wonderful Wellbeing is about looking after ourselves and exploring things which make us feel good. Wonderful wellbeing activities can help us to explore feelings and strategies to regulate our emotions. Wonderful Wellbeing is about looking after our minds and bodies by exploring and experiencing a range of active, sensory and relaxation learning ideas. Why don’t you try something new?
Yoga is a very useful exercise for both mind and body. Some of you may remember we had Jamie from Cosmic Yoga come to school to give the children a session as she is an incredibly popular Youtube star. Join in with some of her sessions and feel relaxed and refreshed! https://www.youtube.com/c/CosmicKidsYoga
Have your own Boogie Time Disco. Get Mums and Dads involved too. Dancing is fun, it’s good to move about and listen to some great music. You might see some here that you recognise from school!
https://imoves.com/the-imovement Excellent daily themes and exercises.
Use Go Noodle to explore the relaxation videos. Some favourites are ‘On and Off’ ‘Rainbow Breath’ and ‘Bee Breath’
You could have a go at blowing bubbles along with classical music or create a bubble sock!
Bubble socks https://onelittleproject.com/bubble-snakes/
You could put some ice cubes on silverfoil, moving them around to music watching them melt.
Make a chill zone with cushions and blankets, or a den!
Continue with yoga using Cosmic Kids
Create a sensory circuit using- attention, organising, calming
Attention- guided dance or boogie time
Calming- Go noodle or calming music
Set up a range of activities using the circuits cards to follow with a timer. Have a go at drawing a chalk obstacle course/ circuit to follow. There are some pictures here for inspiration.
Water play circuits (e.g. running/tiptoeing/side-stepping from one end of the garden to the other with cups of water to fill up a big tub)
Toy circuits- create an obstacle course where you have to collect toys and put them in a container.
Try some online circuit fun
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/fun-exercises-to-do-at-home-with-kids- Try some exercise with Andy’s wild workouts
Circuits Photo Ideas
Circuits Activity Sheets
Sing & Sign
Have a go at some karaoke! We have produced some symbol song sheets for you to sing along with some of your favourite songs. There are also some Makaton and Singing Hands printables.
Singing Hands have their own website and you tube channel.
Practice signing with Mr Tumble.
Sign along with Springwell- Staff video on the Springwell Website.
Some Karaoke links https://www.karafun.co.uk/karaoke/styles/kids/?currency=GBP
Sing and learn- https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/parents-and-children/activities-for-children/sing-and-learn/
Sing & Sign Activity Sheets
- Baa Baa Black Sheep Songsheet
- BSL sing a rainbow
- Frozen Let it Go Symbols
- Nursery Rhyme Book Symbols
- Old MacDonald had a Farm Songsheet
- Row Row Row Your Boat Songsheet pdf
- The Greatest Showman This is Me Symbols
Relax at home and try out some fun and calming activities.
Complete some fine motor skills activities – roll marbles through a tube, make marks, letters and words in sand or flour. Try some threading with beads, buttons, pasta or cheerios. Peg different items or put pegs in a sequence along some cardboard. Use tweezers or kitchen tongs to tweeze objects.
Paint nails, massage, soak feet in bowls of warm soapy water, do hair, make a fruit salad together, lie down and relax listening to calming music
Make a homemade drink like a milkshake, homemade lemonade or a cup of tea
Put your hands or feet in some sensory materials like flour, cooked spaghetti, rice or some nice bubbly water.
Use the printout or draw around hands to colour in or paint the nails. This is a great exercise for fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. See photo
Use bath bombs/ food colouring in water and watch the effect.
Explore brushes and sensory materials (e.g. towels, blankets)
Make a bath bomb - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/thingstodo/bp-bath-bomb-make
Have a dough disco with some playdough- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSBO8N4ctJg&list=PLtw-7Jf06an2kfRMTdYqf21GkM0YT2HaP
Soap foam - https://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/08/rainbow-soap-foam-bubbles-sensory-play.html
Mindfulness activities (Glitter jar, mandala colouring, zen den mindfulness activities) - https://www.cosmickids.com/mindfulness-activities-kids/
Mindfulness activities https://www.thepathway2success.com/10-mindfulness-activities-you-can-try-today/
Do some Cosmic yoga or keep fit exercise using our previous Wellbeing Wednesday links.
Try out some story massage http://allaboutchildren.org.uk/story-massage.html
On Tapestry there is a beauty salon sensory story, bubbles snakes and chair yoga. You just need to log in and press on the activities tab.
Use our resources to have a go!
There is a keeping healthy at home social story here https://www.thenational.academy/specialist/therapies/keeping-healthy-at-home-specialist-wk3-2
Spa Day Photo Ideas
Spa Day Activity Sheets
- Citrus Foot Bath
- Dear zoo Massage story
- Fine motor foam and straw independent task
- Harry Potter Hand massage idea
- Nail Polish Kids Activity Montessori From The Heart Copyright
- sensory fun a toolkit for home learning for settings
- Unicorn Sugar Scrub
Trying New Things
Choose a favourite timer- https://www.online-stopwatch.com/classroom-timers/
Try different ones!
Take part in a fitness/ wellbeing activity for 2 minutes, perhaps you could do it along with music and try a range of different activities.
Balance walk along masking tape or chalk on the floor in straight lines or zig zags or jumps
You could have a game of musical statues, dancing to music and freezing when it stops
Follow the light/Follow the sound – The child’s whole head/body follows the movement of a torch
Blow bubbles, or paper boats with straws, or feathers
Throw/roll balls into a bucket try different textured balls – Wrap in paper, cling film, tin foil
You could try one or a few of the following- See widgit visual prompt
Just Dance- revisit some our guided dance week
Yoga- revisit our yoga week or try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XCQfYsFa3Q
Roll in playdough to make patterns
Splat into paint and roll/throw onto paper
Move and freeze - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1vdKfXlB_g
Shake break https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl5QodAFuVk
Try New Things Activity Sheets
Create a Boogie Box with different ideas you can choose such as just dance, go noodle, choose a song and dance, put the radio on and dance, dance to a Disney song, do some robot dancing, do dance and freeze etc- choose from the box and complete the activity
Just dance kids https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Vlhde7N5uGDIFXXWWEbFQ
Go noodle dance videos https://app.gonoodle.com/categories/guided-dance
Disney songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo&list=RDQMmBomZL2ON00&start_radio=1
Put music on and dance around the house
Moovlee Shape Jump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WClLu2RcT1g&list=PLkQMR1xLaMotHNGcsRPS7zmh5f8Fz5XBT&index=6
Moovlee Space Run
Moovlee Fun with Gross motor skills
Have a game of musical statues or ‘stop sit down’ where you sit on a cushion when the music stops
Can you try something new? Can you play a game with someone at home? Can you follow the instructions? Can you create your own instructions for a new game?
Use 2 toys and a variety of objects. Take turns to follow instructions to give the toys different objects. For example give the cup to the teddy. Give the block to the Superhero. You could expand on this by using prepositions. Put the Superhero in the box, or put the cup behind the teddy.
Hide the object. You can take turns to hide an object around a room or in the garden and take turns to find it. You could use a timer to set a time limit.
Have a go at Kim’s game. Lay a variety of objects on a tray/ table/ on the floor. Go through each of the objects. You could have any number you choose. Cover the objects and take one away. Can you identify/ guess which one is missing?
Play follow the leader where you take turns to complete different exercises such as jumping or hopping and then change roles.
Play What’s the time Mr Wolf
Take part in a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt,
Play mirroring where one of you leads, facing each other and you copy movements.
Walk and Stop. You can use music to create an upbeat and exciting environment for learning how to follow directions.
Play bubble pop- Simply blow lots of bubbles and then pop them!
Bring the noise play it is a fantastic resource where you can follow instructions with beats and music You can either
Listen and layer
Feel the beat
Or Make some Noise https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/eyfs-ks1-music-play-it-bring-the-noise/z4sq92p
Explore Super Movers a collaboration between the BBC and the Premier League. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Use the Twinkl resources to colour the numbers and complete dot to dot number instructions
Play a board game or do a jigsaw puzzle together
Following Instruction Activity Sheets
- Dinosaurs Colour By Numbers 11 to 20
- Dinosaurs Colour By Numbers 6 to 10
- Dot to dot sheets animals
- Farm Colour by Numbers
- Minibeasts colour by number activity sheets
Set some time aside to relax and do something you enjoy. You could put on some relaxing music, perhaps with a relaxing scene and engage in some sensory play or water play.
You could try some threading whilst listening to music, with pasta or beads.
You could use some of our previous Hub links to try some yoga, or breathing activities.
Use the sensory Lightbox- in our sensory section of Springwell Essentials – a great sensory resource with cause and effect visuals and sounds.
Use the Twinkl resources to do some mindful colouring or take part in a senses mindfulness challenge.
Create a rainbow wind chime using some twigs- see the printable Twinkl instructions.
App 'Heaven'. Move the jellyfish around and listen (if you wish) to relaxing music- very calming and relaxing
App: 'Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame'. Actions: relax, breathe, wellbeing. Frustration is a normal part of life, but it can overwhelm and bring up a lot of big feelings. It is helpful to use the “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy to calm down, identify their feelings, and work to solve their problem.
Listen to different sound effects and create soundscapes http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/
Take a mindful moment using the ideas on the cards.
If you can lie down outside and have a look at the sky and how the clouds move. This can be a very relaxing activity.
Bubble Balloon game- Can you touch the ‘bubbles’ really gently- throwing them up carefully and then watching them come slowly down. Can you throw them gently between you.
Make a Texture Bag- Put lots of feely materials into a bag/ pillow case to put your hands in a feel different textures.
Try a Mindful Pose- Pose like Super man or Wonder Woman and count to ten. Can you hold the pose? Maybe try for a bit longer.
Try some star breathing or one of our mindful activities- see photos
Mindful Moments Photo Ideas
Mindful Moments Activity Sheets
- Mindful minute brainbreak cards
- Mindfulness patterns activity sheets
- Rainbow wind chimes outdoor activity
- Senses mindfulness challenge cards
- The Rainbow Fish Colouring Sheets
Fun with Food
You can have so much fun and develop so many skills through cooking. Cooking is great for practising and developing fine motor skills-grating, chopping, cutting, peeling. Exploring different foods can be a great sensory experience. You can develop maths skills by counting, measuring and weighing. Cooking and food exploration can be
We have lots of great Widgit symbol recipes you could try at home.
Emily, one of our teachers has given us her recipes for cookies and brownies.
CBBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/matilda-and-the-ramsay-bunch Cooking shows for children
Perhaps you could record yourself cooking or have a go at making your own cooking show!
Or you could be a ‘judge’ and try tasting some different types of food.
Can you create your own cake, or recipe? You could choose the flavours, write a shopping list or make something from ingredients you have at home. Maybe you could have a cooking competition!
You could create fruit kebabs. Can you make a pattern with the fruit?
Make a fruit hedgehog using grapes- see photo
Have a go at creating Pizza faces with your favourite vegetables see photo
You could have a go at making something insoired by a favourite character like Gruffalo crumble https://mummy2twindividuals.com/world-book-day-no-bake-gruffalo-recipe
Or create some transport food like this wonderful Vegetable train https://www.theinspirationedit.com/vegetable-train-fun-party-food-idea/
Use your favourite fruit to make a smoothie.
There are some fantastic edible sensory play activities here http://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/blog/2018/09/edible-sensory-play-activities/
Fun with Food Photo Ideas:
Fun with Food Activity Sheets
- Apple cake
- Baking recipes
- Banana bread cupcakes
- Biscuit recipe cards
- Chocolate cupcakes
- Flapjack instructions
- Spring roll instructions
There are many ways in which we can explore and develop our kindness. There are lots of very simple acts you can complete to show kindness. Have a look through our ideas. How many can you complete?
You could make a card/picture and give it to someone in your household or send it to a friend. Or Make a thank you card/postcard for a friend
Think about things that show kindness towards others and make a kindness tree (handprint cut outs with children's ideas)
Have a look at the kindness checklist and give it a go.
Do something fun with a member of your household, like listen to a funny song or do a funny dance.
Share a story/ clip with a member of your family.
Create a box of ideas to do to help other people each day take out a card and do that act of kindness (eg. help lay the table, make a present/card for a friend, read/look at a book with someone, feed the birds, feed a pet) Have a look at the Twinkl cards for some inspiration.
Use some wool or thread or beads to make a friendship bracelet. You could also use pasta or cut up straws.
Make a snack/breakfast/lunch for your brother/sister/Mum/Dad
Make a kindness jar - every time someone in your family does something kind put a pom-pom in the jar. When the jar is full, do something really fun all together!
Stories about Kindness
Kindness is Cooler with Mrs Ruler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPO7P1gHAmo
The Smartest Giant in Town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfiPrA8E3qE
Be Kind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAo4-2UzgPo
A little clip Called Colour Your Kindness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwelE8yyY0U
Kindness Activity Sheets
There are so many different ways you can play with a ball, practise your skills. You can use different size balls to play different games- indoor games, outdoor games. Maybe you could create your own game! W have lots of great ideas for you to try. Take a look at our weekly PE challenge Document too. There are lots of great challenges for you to try.
Can you use recycled materials to make a ball run, a maze or a marble run?
Play catch and count the number of times you catch successfully.
Toss a ball in a bucket or hoop, creating a target. You could add up different points for different containers
Bean bag toss
Have your own ‘egg and spoon’ race by transporting plastic balls using a sieve/large spoon
Practice throwing and catching balloons or water balloons!
Practice throwing and catching different sized balls, kicking a football etc.
Knock down bottles with a tennis ball in the garden. You can also use cardboard rolls.
Practice throwing different coloured plastic balls into different coloured tubs/washing baskets etc.
Balance balls on tennis rackets
Create an assault course or circuit and try rolling a ball around things in the garden.
Try kicking a ball into a net or large container.
Bounce a ball up and down - how high can you bounce it?
Bounce a ball in paint, shaving foam, soapy water or flour for some messy play
Transport and balance plastic balls on cardboard tubes
Roll balls into buckets/tunnels etc.
Indoor bowling with a cup tower or cardboard rolls
Make a throwing game (cut holes in card board, label with different points (10,20,30 etc) throw balls to score)
Take a look at the SCS print out for some more ideas
13 Throwing games https://kidactivities.net/throwing-games-for-kids-great-for-pe-class/
Ball Skills Activity Sheets
Throughout the day we experience many feelings. They are important to feel, begin to identify and understand. There are lots of great activities you can do to explore different feelings and emotions.
Exercise can make you feel great! Have a go at our weekly PE challenge!
Use the widgit symbol emotion cards to match and discuss emotions
Make a collage/ list of things that make me happy or things I like and don’t like.
Make and decorate a happy box and fill it with little items that make you happy/comfort you, e.g. pillow, blanket, stress ball, book, sensory fidget toys/ribbons/bottles etc. - when you are feeling sad/worried/angry you can then go to your special box to help you to feel calm again
Make a feelings board with pictures of different emotions - choose an emotion picture to describe how you are feeling
Make emotions sensory bottles and draw/stick faces on the bottles
Look at reflection in mirror and make different faces, e.g. happy face, excited face, worried face
Use playdough to make different emotions faces or add features to faces given- Can you make a happy face, can you make a sad face.
Do some sensory circuits to explore how they make you feel.
- o Alerting- Movement/ just dance
- o Organising- Yoga/ obstacle course
- o Calming- Calming music/lying down/mindful minute
Practice the different facial expressions of emotions.
Taking selfies using different emotive faces and identify the emotion/ match the emotion/ identify features of the emotion.
Use the Widgit resource to make a little worry book, identifying what you might like or need.
Using the characters from the film ‘Inside Out’ to recognise the different emotions and how they make us feel
Guess the emotions using the characters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkyKyVFnSs
Explore different scenarios and let them decide which character matches it – demonstrate that we all experience different emotions in different situations e.g. someone may find eating vegetables joyful, but someone else might find it disgusting!
What makes me happy? What makes me sad? What makes me angry? etc
Building up collage pages of symbols and actions that cause that emotion
Activities we enjoy/don’t enjoy
How can I make myself calm? Experiencing different activities that support helping us calm –
Listening to music with sensory toys
Reading a story
Spa day activities- massage/ foot spa
Painting cardboard hand nails
Making playdough and stress-balls
Share stories together and think about how the characters feel. Or talk about how characters in a tv program feel and why.
There is a fantastic free book called Rain before Rainbows about positive thinking PDF
Storybots Feelings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akTRWJZMks0
A story about feelings and colours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWujGPb6mgo
Feelings Activity Sheets
- Emoji Dice emotional regulation dice printable
- Emotions song
- Feelings cards
- Rain Before Rainbows
- Weekly PE challenge
There are lots of activities and objects which make us happy. These can be things we see, activities we do, music we listen to, games we play, places we go, movement and exercise too. Have a look at our ideas to create your own Happy Tool Box.
Make a happy toolbox - e.g. decorate a shoe box - use your favourite colours to paint the box, stick pictures of your favourite characters/animals/sports players on the box, stick happy pictures of you and your family on the box. You could decorate the box with sequins and glitter, or stickers.
Fill the toolbox with little items that make you happy/comfort you, e.g. small blanket, stress ball, book, bubbles, sensory fidget toys/ribbons/bottles etc.
Write some activity ideas that make you happy/calm on cards and put them in the box. Choose a card each day with your family and enjoy your happy activity!
You could make a Happy Toolbox filled with all your favourite songs, or clips or games.
You could make a Happy Toolbox filled with all your favourite sensory items.
You could make a Happy Toolbox filled with your favourite relaxation activities like hand massage, or types of breathing
Get your fingers ready by stretching them wide. Start by using one finger to slowly trace the fingers of the other hand. As you breathe in slide your finger up, as you reach your fingertip, pause. Slide down as you breathe out. Continue slowly until you finish tracing your hand - then return. Then trace an imaginary star in the air. Start drawing the first line of the upper triangle as you breathe in, hold for a moment when you reach the top and breathe out as you go down. Repeat the breathing as you trace each line of the star until you reach the end. Keep going until you have travelled around the whole star. Use an outline of a star to make this activity more visual
Make a mindful moment Happy box- add an object which is interesting to look at, feel and explore. Maybe this object is smooth, maybe it makes noise, maybe it is shiny like treasure?