Take time to focus on wellbeing with these feelgood activities
Grow Your Support for emergency services and key workers
Show your support for the people who are working hard to keep us safe by showing a sunflower in your window. This could be something you've drawn, crafted or knitted! You could pick up a pebble on your next walk and paint it, or download a colouring sheet.
Police officers across the county will be looking out for sunflower displays while they're out and about on patrol, and if they spot yours they'll post a packet of sunflower seeds through your door for you to grow and brighten up your garden or windowsill!
Love your local park with the Future Proof Parks summer activity challenge
An exciting collection of challenges for older children and teens, designed to help you to stay connected to your local park this summer! The activities are broken down into three different categories, so whether you have 15 minutes or a whole hour, you can find an activity that suits you. All challenges will help you think about nature, heritage, your own wellbeing and, of course, your favourite parks and green spaces. Get involved and see how others are taking on the challenge by using the hashtags:
When you sign up, you will be able to download your free summer activity booklet that is packed full of exciting challenges for you to enjoy. www.groundwork.org.uk/fpp-news/future-proof-parks-summer-activity-challenge/
Ease your worries with a ten-minute meditation
This 'body scan' guided meditation for kids will help you relax and let go of tension and worries from head to toe.
Show your love for your garden
Our gardens, parks, and other outdoor spaces are more important than ever to our wellbeing, and the World Land Trust is celebrating that with its Bigger Picture campaign, which is asking people to make positive changes to look after nature.
You can join in by taking or drawing a picture of your garden, yard, or whatever it is that's keeping you in touch with nature at the moment (perhaps a favourite spot on a country walk), and then share it on social media, explaining in a line or two why it's so important to you right now, tagging World Land Trust with the tag #WLTBiggerPicture.
Try the new CBeebies mindfulness app
Preschool children can learn and develop mindful habits to help them through these unprecedented times with Your Mindful Garden, a new CBeebies activity voiced by Stephen Fry.
Developed with a mindfulness consultant, and available 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.
Loosen up with some creative movement
Yorkshire Sport Foundation's #ThisIsPE Creative Movement activity will encourage children's creativity and teamwork skills, and is bound to put a smile on the whole family's face!
Practise the power of positivity
The Art of Brilliance YouTube channel has lots of inspiring videos for tweens and teens, dealing with issues like self-confidence and the power of positive thinking. Check out the Wellbeing Wednesday playlist which has a weekly update to get you motivated.
Learn to draw almost anything
The Art Hub YouTube channel has loads of different things to follow along and draw. Why not show your appreciation for our health heroes by learning to draw doctors and nurses?
Take a deep breath and relax
Try this breathing exercise to relax and let go of your worries.
- Find a relaxing place, sit comfortably and set a timer for one minute
- Breathe deeply in and out, paying attention to any sounds you hear and any sensations you feel
- Picture the air moving down into your lungs and back up. Hold for a moment then release it
- Repeat a few times
- Next time, try in a different room or outside
Draw with Rob
Drawing is great for developing fine motor skills and can support mental wellbeing too. Join in with draw-along videos from children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph at www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
Get creative with colouring
Colouring is a fantastic calming activity which is great for beating stress, whatever your age!
Exercise your green fingers
Getting close to nature has proven benefits for mental wellbeing and is a great way to get active, too.
If you have a garden:
- Use old items such as bits of wood, bamboo canes, house bricks, broken plant pots, sticks and stones to create a five-star bug hotel!
- Put some earth or compost in an old welly boot and plant some seeds in it for an eco-friendly recycled garden.
Don't have a garden?
- Take a bag to your local park or woods and collect things like pine cones, sticks, and interesting leaves and pebbles. When you get home, use your finds to make a fairy or troll garden in an old cardboard box or plastic container.
Stretch out and relax with a fun yoga session
Yoga is a gentle form of physical activity that helps to strengthen muscles and improve posture, as well as helping to destress and encourage mindfulness and relaxation - and it's great for all ages. Chill out with these relaxing videos.
Try a mindfulness exercise
Mindfulness can help you relax, become more aware of the present moment and let go of worrying thoughts and feelings.
Try these five mindfulness exercises - they're designed for kids, but the whole family can join in!