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Kindness, friendship and strengths

We want to send our sincere gratitude and aroha to Canterbury teachers, principals and other school staff who cared for our tamariki during the lockdown on Friday 15th March, and who are now working to help them come to terms with what has happened.

In the coming weeks, we'd suggest exploring activities that focus on kindness, friendship and strengths. These activities will be really helpful for the range of emotions students are feeling right now.

Evidence shows that giving and connecting are two of the very best ways we can nurture our wellbeing, and when times are tough, drawing on our strengths can also really help. For a quick link to these activities, click here.

Activities

Here are our 50+ activities designed for students in years 1-8. They're modular, flexible and ready to roll!
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Teachers

Don't miss our top tips on using Sparklers, and looking after you! Check 'em out before getting started.
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Whānau

Share these resources with parents & whānau so they can help children manage big emotions and feel good.
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“We’re LOVING the fab activities! Our tamariki are enjoying learning about their brain and how they have the power to change it. It really ties in with our growth mindset statements.”
- Christchurch teacher
“There is no one child who doesn’t benefit from Sparklers.”
- Tamara Bell, principal at Southbridge School
“I think it’s really important, with so many stressors that our children have to face, that if they have these little skills now, that we just build on every day, that they do have these skills that they can take with them throughout their lives.”
- Kelly Sheppard, teacher at Shirley Primary
“I love the simplicity of Sparklers. It’s all there; it tells you what to do and anyone can use it. The activities are really hands on – they’re not just things for the children to listen to, they’re things the children can actually do and enjoy.”
- Kerri Narbey, teacher at Kaiapoi Borough School
“We got really positive change initially, but what was really cool was that they started a revolution and encouraged us to look at alternative ways to help get them ready for learning.”
- Tamara Bell, principal at Southbridge School
“The activities feel nice and calm us down.”
- Year 5 student, Christchurch
“Made me feel AWESOME!”
- Chisnallwood student (feedback on the Compliment Poster activity)