While it is natural to have feelings of helplessness and uncertainty, especially during the current crisis, it is important for children to feel that what they say and do matters and that their actions can make a difference. Self-efficacy is the belief that we can make a difference and have strengths we can draw on in times of challenge. It’s also a core belief underpinning motivation, and emotional wellbeing.
Write a cartoon strip to show someone how to do something you enjoy or something you are are really good at but others may find challenging!
E.g. How to ride a bike, make a cake, speak in assembly, ask someone to play etc.
Research indicates that hope significantly and positively correlates with psychological well-being and coping in the face of adversity. Higher hope is related to better overall adjustment, while hope has also been described as “a personal rainbow of the mind”, with the
rainbow being used as a symbol of hope in many households during the coronavirus pandemic.
Draw a dream catcher. You can put their hopes and dreams into words or draw a small picture or draw a small charm that captures your hopes, and add it to the dream catcher.]
Listen to the song as you create your picture!
Understandably our thoughts and feelings may be focused on the challenges of recent
events and it’s not always easy to find things to be grateful for. However, studies suggest that finding things to be thankful for is important for our wellbeing, leading to physical and psychological benefits, as well as being a ‘social glue’ that connects people.
Take a gratitude walk around neighbourhood. Try to observe using all of our different senses, for example; what can we hear, see, smell, and feel.
Try to think of the things we might take for granted or not typically notice or appreciate.
After some time away from each other, humans often have a strong desire to re-connect.
Although many of us may have stayed digitally connected with each other many of us miss being part of a lager physical group.
There is a large body of research on the central importance of social support and social groups in combating stress and overcoming adversity.
Make a list of all the things you are looking forward to being able to do in school when you return!