Sparklers at Home

Whānau

Perfect to use at home, these activities and tools support whānau to look after their wellbeing and feel good.

What is Sparklers at Home?

Sparklers is a wellbeing toolkit, normally for classroom use. Teachers really like it and have reminded us that during this time Sparklers is a great option for home use too - everyone has wellbeing to look after. So, ta daaaa!

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Wellbeing activities for the whānau

It's going to be especially important to care for our wellbeing while on our COVID-19 stay-cation. Here's some simple ways to do just this!

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Sparklers and home-learning

Our best tips for bringing Sparklers and wellbeing activities into your home-learning. It's soooooo easy!

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Sparklers at home - Energy Rollercoaster

Learn about energy levels and how we can match them to fit the situation.

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Sparklers at home - Sliding Emotions

Get on top of the big emotions like anger and worry with this fun technique.

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Sparklers at home - Discover Your Strengths

Knowing your strengths young is a great gift - support your child to learn theirs and discover some of your own while you're at it!

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Sparklers at Home - Whānau Poster

Capturing the memories of someone special in your whānau builds connection both to them and your family's history.

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Sparklers at Home - Gratitude O-Clock

Expressing gratitude leaves us feeling good, and it's got the science to back it. Give it a go, make it a habit. Gratitude is great!

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Sparklers at home - Tummy Breathing

Kids need to calm their energy or big emotions - step one, learn to tummy breathe!

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Sparklers at home - What's in a Name?

Names have so much importance to us and often have a story about why they were chosen for us - this is a great family way of sharing these important stories.

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Sparklers at home - Can't Do it Without You

Sometimes a shared goal is a great way to change the focus and reconnect us. This is a fun way to do just that.

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Sparklers at home - Juicy, Crispy, Crunch

A super simple introduction to mindfulness using your next snack break to practice.

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Sparklers at home - Sensory Poetry

Thinking about our senses helps develop our mindfulness skills – namely taking notice and being in the moment. This in turns gives our wellbeing a boost.

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Sparklers at home - Sensory Kete (or box)

Having things available that help us calm down is important at any age - start em young!

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Sparklers at home - My Pepeha

Learning your pepeha is such a great thing to do because it connects us to our family and history.

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Sparklers at home - Mandala Colouring

Activities that make us concentrate and lose ourselves for a bit if a calm way, is called reaching a 'flow' state. It's happiness producing as well as calming - win, win!

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Sparklers at home - Favourite Spaces

Different spaces can affect how we feel, so it's important while we're spending lots of time at home, to have a place to go that feels safe, happy and calm.

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Sparklers at home - Magic Minute

This is all about practising our tummy breathing to lengthen our time relaxing and being mindful. It means that you and the whānau should get to really chillax.

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Sparklers at home - Musical Adventures

A fun activity which helps us learn about the connection between music and our moods

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Sparklers at home - The Faces Game

It's going to be really important that everyone in your whānau is able to talk about how they're feeling, but sometimes we don't have the words to describe this. Here's a fun place to start.

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Sparklers at home - Sense of the Day

Mindfulness is a great skill with many wellbeing benefits. This activity gives a week of opportunities to learn to be a bit more mindful - in a fun way.

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Sparklers at home - Musical Emotions

An activity to identify some of the music we feel connected to, and why.

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Sparklers at home - Game Face

This is a fave in the classroom - a bit of fun and a bit of building emotional understanding and literacy.

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Sparklers at home - Pirate Play

Even a little bit of movement will give our wellbeing a boost - this is a goodie to take to lawn, let your inhibitions go and have some dramatic, active fun!

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Sparklers at home - Hikitia te Hā

Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing and mindfulness sequence that anyone can learn. Our videos will show you how.

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Sparklers at home - Body Scan

This is a mindfulness activity where you and the kids can find some proper, inner calm.

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Making home learning AND working totally doable!

By now you may have had some experience of home learning and working during our COVID-19 stay-cation! Here’s our best tips on how to ‘combo’ this new work, school and home balance.

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How to talk with your kids about COVID-19

Well this is tricky, isn’t it? But kids take their cues from adults they trust. So here are some pointers for kōrero with your curious kids!

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Looking after yourself: For mums

As mums we often prioritise everything and everybody before ourselves. This guide's full of tips to help you recharge and remember you matter too!!

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Looking after yourself: For dads

Being a dad can be very cool. It can also be a bit confusing, frustrating, tiring, etc! So how can us dads look after ourselves? Here are some practical thoughts on the matter...

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How to help kids keep calm

Experiencing frustration, disappointment, fear and jealousy is challenging, even as adults. This guide offers tips and advice for helping your tamariki understand and manage big emotions.

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How to help kids manage worries

Our tamariki mightn’t have to pay bills, cook dinners or organise carpools but just like us they face daily demands and worries, and what seems trivial to us can be important to them. So what can we do to help?

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How to help kids be grateful and kind

Being grateful and kind boosts the way we feel, and tends to make us more likeable human beings. So how can we help our tamariki learn these important skills?

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How to help kids feel good & have fun

Our tamariki need the basics – like food, warmth, shelter and clothing – but how can we foster their self-esteem and make them feel safe and loved? Here are our top tips.

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How to help your kids... sleep!

When our kids have sleep issues, it’s challenging… for everyone! So it's comforting to know that things can improve. Here are some tips that can help!

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How to get teens to listen, talk & stay grounded

We want our teens to develop a certain amount of independence, but how can we foster this while also encouraging them to talk, listen & be at their best? Check out our fave ideas.

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How to help tweens & teens navigate social media

Internet use can be a real concern for us parents. Here we tackle how to teach your kids to stay safe and make good choices without having to 'go into battle'! May the force be with you!

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