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5 of the best wellbeing resources for children

The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a huge impact on young people’s daily lives. With nationwide schools’ closures, they have had to embrace a new routine, while dealing with the stress and anxiety of going through a global pandemic.

At Hopscotch, we want to help young people maintain their wellbeing during this challenging time, so we have selected five of our favourite wellbeing and mental health resources for use at home.

  1. The charity Young Minds have put together some resources to help young people who feel anxious, concerned or stressed about Coronavirus. They will find some useful tips to deal with self-isolation or look after their mental health while studying from home.
  2. Mind Moose is a fun, online platform that supports good mental wellbeing for children aged 7-12. Free resources for families include conversation cards to help parents talk to their kids in a positive way or some guided meditations and relaxations.
  3. Cosmic Kids has been making free yoga and mindfulness videos for kids since 2012. All of them are designed especially for kids and have been used in schools and homes all over the world since then. A wide range of activities are available and some of them can be completed in as little as 10 minutes.
  4. My Lockdown Diary is a great tool for children who are at home. This printable lock down diary will encourage kids reflect on their emotions and focus on the small things there is to appreciate.
  5. The Wild Challenge - Even if outdoor time is limited, it is important to encourage young people to go outside at least once a day, as studies have shown that outdoor activities provides a range of wellbeing benefits. The RSPB’s School Wild Challenge offers a range of fun and engaging activities that can be completed in a courtyard, in a garden or even during a walk in the park.

We hope these resources will be helpful. It is also worth noting that the government has put together some useful guidance for parents and careers, on supporting young people’s mental health and help them cope with stress and anxiety during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

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