With this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week being Loneliness, we want to ensure that our families and children get talking. That’s why, for Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ll be delivering a range of feel-good activities at our Wraparound Care Clubs with a focus on building relationships and sharing our feelings.
Supporting Mental Health doesn’t stop for us at the end of our clubs! That’s why we’re sharing an at-home activity that our families can try at home called ‘The Jellyfish Breathing Buddy’.
We understand that it can be hard to understand the concept of deep breathing – especially for children. So, creating a visual aid to support this can be extremely beneficial. Once your child has mastered the skill of using the Jellyfish Breathing Buddy, you can use it when your child is upset, feeling anxious or worried and it can even be used as part of your bedtime routine to bring a moment of calm and relaxation, deep breathing before bedtime has also been shown to improve sleep.
What You Will Need:
- White card
- Googly Eyes
- 2 x Coloured Tissue Paper
- Paint (Colour of your choice)
- PVA Glue
- Double-sided sticky tape
How to Make It:
- Print this template onto white card.
- Paint the card using a colour of your choice and leave it to dry.
- While the paint is drying, cut the tissue paper into 10cm strips that are around 2 cm wide.
- Once the paint is dry, cut out the template. Ask an adult to help you if you need it.
- Turn the template over to the non-painted side and place a thin line of PVA glue along the longest edge.
- Stick the strips of tissue paper along the bottom of the template where you have placed the glue.
- Once the glue is dry, turn the template back over and stick a strip of double-sided tape onto the area marked “stick here. “
- Curl the template around until the ends meet and stick together using the strip of tape you have already placed.
- Add the googly eyes, draw a smile and any additional decorations you have e.g. gems, glitter, etc…
- Place the top of the jellyfish over your mouth
- Breathe in through your nose to the count of 5
- Then breathe out through your mouth to the count of 5
- Try to keep your breath steady and see if you can make the Jellyfish tentacles wiggle for the whole 5 seconds as you exhale.