WHOLE SCHOOL HOLDIAY PROJECT
To make a Happiness Box
Why make a Happiness Box?
A Happiness Box is filled with things that make you happy. It is a box that you can delve into when you are feeling sad.
What makes you happy? What makes you sad?
When you feel sad, it is often doing something that makes you happy that takes away that sadness.
The Happiness Box is a visible and tangible way of creating, before your eyes, what inner strength may actually look like; it enables you to practice and rehearse strategies that help you to cope with your emotions, resolve inner conflict, and bring you to a calm emotional state.
In the box, you can see and physically touch the items, which helps bring you in a calm self soothe state of mind. Initially it will be with the support of their teacher, or supporting adult, who prompts them to use something in the happiness box.
What might be in a Happiness Box? The joy of a Happiness Box is that it can be totally personalised for you; put in the box things that make you happy. It might be a piece of music; it might be soft toy, a book, or a blanket that brings comfort.
A Happiness Box can be any shape, round or square, but please do not make it too large as we will not have enough room in the classroom! A shoe box is a good size.
How to make a Happiness Box
Shoeboxes are good because they have a lid. The lid makes it special because you cannot see what is inside, until the need to open it. It is also private, unless you want to share. The objects inside instantly remind you of ‘happy’ times, which help calm.
Ownership of the box is very important. The undecorated box is fine, but decorating it is a positive start of the relationship with the box.
Decoration: painted/covered with paper/drawings/stickers
Choose the objects you want to put into the box. Objects can range from: a toy/material, scarf, photos of your pet, favourite person, home yourself or a holiday that you went on. A mirror, Hairbrush, sensory objects, mindfulness activities like a colouring book. Bubble, card game, reminder notes. A note of your safe place. A book etc.
Please bring in your Happiness Box when we return to school in September.
Your new teacher will explain more about how and when you will use this box.
Have a great summer!
Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun
Whether you're heading to the beach, playing in the park or out in your own back garden, it's really important to think about sun protection for your children. Follow our tips on sun safety for children and make sure everyone enjoys the sunshine safely when you're out and about.
How to keep kids safe in the sun
It's a good idea to keep children in the shade in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest - try and get into the habit of heading indoors between 11am and 3pm, or use a parasol or a play tent to provide some shade.
Make sure your child wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin - use plenty, and don't forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks and the tops of their feet. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection.
Try and put sun cream on your child at least half an hour before heading out to play - remember that you'll need to put more on throughout the day, especially if they've been swimming or paddling.
It's a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they're out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage your child to follow suit - and hats with chinstraps can be very useful if your child likes removing their hat!
Give your child access to water throughout the day, especially in warm weather. Encourage them to drink regularly - particularly when they've been running around.
KEEP SAFE, HEALTHY AND HAPPY.