Letter “S” is for Sensory Play. Sensory play is any kind of activity that stimulates the 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. It’s fun for kids of all ages and helps to develop knowledge of colours, textures, descriptive language and basic science principles. It can also be very relaxing for grown-ups or children who feel anxious or overwhelmed.
Letter “R” is for Reading, one of my favourite things to do! Books are a wonderful way of escaping from our worries and disappearing into the realms of imagination.
Below are some great offers and resources to keep your bookshelf furnished, your mind active and your kids entertained.
Letter “Q” is for Quizzes. I’ve always loved quizzes, puzzles and riddles and I’ve seen a lot of them about during lockdown. They’re good for keeping our brains active and challenging us to recall information from our long time memory. They’re also good fun to play with friends and can help to distract us from our worries. Below are some links and resources for quiz fans.
Letter “P” is for Pampering. If you’re anything like me, you haven’t worn makeup in weeks, your eyebrows are like fuzzy caterpillars and there seems to be something nesting in your hair. And who cares? We are living through a global pandemic. There is absolutely no obligation to look pretty!
Letter “O” is for Outdoors. If you are lucky enough to have a garden or patio area there are lots of fun things you can do outside. But if not, you can get creative with any small outdoor areas you have (balconies, steps and rooftops) or try bringing the fun of the outdoors indoors.
Letter “N” is for Nostalgia. While the immediate future feels uncertain, what better time to reconnect with the past? Focusing on happy memories is good for our mental wellbeing as it reaffirms our sense of self and our feelings of connection to our family and the community. Looking into the wider history of the world can also teach us important lessons and remind us of how resilient and adaptable humans are. Here are some suggestions of nostalgic activities you can try.
Letter “M” is for Music. Music brings people together and helps you to feel more relaxed and less alone. Although gigs and concerts are cancelled for the forseeable, there are still many ways we can enjoy our favourite bands. Here are a few ideas for connecting with the healing power of music.