How you can help children keep busy and smiling during lockdown.
Research says that doing one or more of these five different things regularly helps boost your child’s mood and makes them feel happier.
Go to our parent and carers support page if you need help whilst your child is at home.
All families have ups and downs. When times are tough, asking for help from family and friends is an important way of looking after your children and yourself.
Even small amounts of activity can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. There's plenty you can do at home:
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can help increase your awareness.
Studies show that being aware of what is taking place in the present enhances your wellbeing – savouring ‘the moment’ can help you put things into perspective.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you:
Learning a new skill is a great way to de-stress – whether it’s a new magic trick, reading a new book or learning a new dance move.
Ideas of what you could try:
Download our puzzle challenges – this includes how to say hello in different languages, spot the difference and a maths puzzle.
Try these recipes at home with your child:
Make a miniature book
Reading and writing can be a great way to have fun and share ideas. You can make your own tiny book or zine.
Think about some ideas:
- Who is it for? It could be a tiny book of pictures to share with a toy, a little recipe book, or a diary just for you
- What’s going to be in it?
To make your book, you need:
- A sheet of A4 paper
- Some scraps of wrapping paper/coloured paper (optional)
Watch how to create your book or zine (YouTube video)
Read a book
Reading Well for children recommends reading to help you deal with worries, feel better and boost your mood. Find out more about Reading Well and browse online
Reviews of books from the Reading Well collection
'How are you feeling today?' by Molly Potter
'This book is really good to help you feel better when you are feeling sad, scared, worried or bored. I like the pictures as I am rubbish at reading, they made me giggle I like the happy ones the best. I liked it a lot I know what embarrassed means now and Mummy and I talked about my worries and what made me happy.'
Reviewed by Jaz, seven years old
'Augustus and his smile' by Catherine Rayner
'Augustus tries and tries to find his smile, and happily he finds it, on his face. My favourite part is when he realises that, he can have his smile whenever he wants, as long as he is happy. I’d recommend this book to anyone who would like to read it. It is also nice as a bedtime story.'
Reviewed by Victory, ten years old
'Questions and feelings about... worries' by Paul Christelis
'The book was good. I think the things to do in the book will help me when I worry. The book is really helpful especially when you have a worry. One of my worries may not be true but it might happen. If one of my worries came true I would do some breathing or tell someone about it.'
Reviewed by Cody, seven years old
Play a game
Get creative and make a game, or tell a story through art – try out Active Norfolk's Make it Monday ideas.
When people help others, they are more likely be happy themselves.
Research has shown that doing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period can help increase your wellbeing.
- Write and send a letter to a family member
- Send your mini book to a friend
Here are ideas for 10 random acts of kindness you could try.