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The Five Ways to Wellbeing – ‘Connect’ Activities

Shared experiences help to support meaningful connection. Feeling connected to others, especially to our family members, plays a huge part in our sense of wellbeing. These connections help us to feel safe, build our confidence and our resilience.

Even the most simple of shared experiences, like sharing a book together, playing a game or planting some seeds, brings these benefits. These activities also help us to explore ideas, learn how the world works and help us to see that things don’t always go to plan – and that’s okay.

Navigating life’s ups and downs with a trusted someone helps us to overcome setbacks and take risks to extend our learning. Sharing experiences with your child, supporting and celebrating their efforts and letting them fail sometimes, helps them to feel happy and develop the skills they need to become increasingly independent.

Below is a list of activities to share together.

1. Things we both like

Work together to find a common answer for each of the following statements:

  • A colour you both like
  • A food you both like
  • A treat you both like
  • An animal you both like
  • A drink you both like
  • A TV programme/film you both like*
  • A song you both like*
  • An activity you both like*
  • A game you both like*
  • A book you both like*

*A follow up activity could be to spend time sharing one of these things together.

Things we both like template download

2. Roll the dice

Choose an activity from the table to try.

Can’t choose? Roll a dice and let the number rolled decide for you!

3. Facts4Life Growing Good Feelings

Time outside in nature has lots of health benefits for us. We can help bring some of those benefits indoors too with houseplants or even the use of green in our décor!

Colour therapy suggests that green is a tranquil, soothing colour, probably due to how we associate it with the natural environment. A number of studies suggest that keeping houseplants helps our sense of wellbeing, can help our work productivity and may even help to improve the air quality in our homes.

Growing at home can be really easy and rewarding. Children enjoy seeing things growing and a child’s interest in trying new foods can be greatly helped by them being involved in their growth and preparation. Here are just a few simple home grow projects to help you create a happy, healthy environment for you and your family.

Craft opportunity!

Get creative with your empty jars, yoghurt pots or takeaway containers. These sorts of containers are ideal for indoor growing. Clean thoroughly and decorate to add even more colour and cheer to a growing good feelings project!

Re-growing from food scraps
  • You will need:
    • Lettuce, spring onion or celery stems
    • Shallow dishes/recycled containers
  • Method:
    • Eat your purchased veg but keep back the end of the stem. You need about an inch of veg stem.
    • Place remaining stem in a shallow dish of water (about 1/2 inch)
    • Place on a windowsill
    • Change water in bowl every 1 to 2 days

Watch your veg grow!

You can enjoy a few rounds of regrown veg using this method but to enjoy produce for longer you’ll need plant out your growing veg stem into soil.

 Sprouting root veg
  • You will need:
    • Root veg such as carrots or turnips
    • Shallow dishes/recycled containers
  • Method:
    • Place the root veg trim from the top of the veg in a shallow dish of water
    • Place on a windowsill

Watch your leaves grow!

This method only grows the green leaves, but these are still edible. They can be used in salads, sautés and soups. Alternatively, you may just enjoy the interesting foliage that they sprout to add a splash of outside to your home.

Easy Seeds and quick results
  • You will need:
    • Cress seeds or Mustard Cress seeds
    • Cotton wool or paper towel
    • Shallow dishes/recycled containers
  • Method:
    • Line your container with wet cotton wool or paper towel
    • Sprinkle your seeds on to the prepared surface
    • Place your container in a warm place that gets a bit of sun, like a windowsill

Your cress should be ready in about a week!

There’s lots of simple sprouting seed options that you might like to try. Follow these links to find out more:

Sprouting seeds are easy to grow and very nutritious but do need care in handling and eating. This guidance from the NHS helps you to enjoy your home produce safely.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/sprouted-seeds-safety-advice/