Sparklers at Home

Whānau

Fun wellbeing activities to support whānau to look after their wellbeing and feel good.

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What is Sparklers at Home?

Sparklers is normally a classroom, wellbeing toolkit. But we're being told that Sparklers is also a great option for home use too. So, ta daaaa!

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How to talk with your kids about COVID-19 again

Here's some pointers to kōrero with your curious kids about the new cases of COVID-19.

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Face masks and superheroes!

We're seeing more face masks around, which is great, but some tamariki may find this worrying or strange - here's a way to normalise face masks.

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How to talk to your kids about redundancy

If you’ve been made redundant recently – kia kaha. We've compiled our top tips to help talk to your kids about this unsettling time.

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Make a Manu Tukutuku (kite)

Welcome some fresh air and some sky magic by making a manu tukutuku (kite).

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Arohaina te reo - Loving te reo Māori

Apps and tracks and great facebook pages all supporting our te reo Māori

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Whakawhetai (Gratitude) O-Clock

Expressing gratitude helps us feel good, and it's got the science to back it! Give it a go, make it a habit.

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Give a Bunch of Kindness

Make some paper flowers to make someone's day (and your own!)

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Energy Rollercoaster

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

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Sliding Emotions

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

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Discover Your Strengths

Support your child to learn their strengths and discover yours too - while you're at it!

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Whānau Poster

Capture memories of your whānau - it builds connection both to them and your family's history.

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What's in a Name?

Names are important and often have special meaning or a story. Share and capture these.

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Tummy Breathing

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

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Magic Minute

Practise tummy breathing to lengthen our time relaxing and being mindful. A whānau chillax!

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Can't Do it Without You

Sometimes a shared goal is a great way to change the focus and reconnect us. This will do the trick!

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Juicy, Crispy, Crunch

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

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Sensory Poetry

Honing in on our senses develops our mindfulness skills – and mindfulness gives our wellbeing a boost!

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Sensory Kete

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

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My Pepeha

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

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Mandala Colouring

When we 'lose ourselves,', in a calm activity it's called a 'flow' state. AND is happiness producing!

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Favourite Spaces

We all need a favourite space to retreat to! This activity validates the need for everyone to have a calm, happy space.

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Musical Adventures

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

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Worries 101

The all you and your tamariki need to know about anxiety - sometimes understanding the neuroscience really helps.

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The Faces Game

Your whānau needs to talk about how you're all feeling (in a good way!) Here's a fun place to start.

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Sense of the Day

Mindfulness has heaps of wellbeing benefits. Here's a week of opportunities to learn to be more mindful.

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Musical Emotions

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

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Game Face

This is a fave in the classroom and easily brought to home - so much fun!

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Pirate Play

This is a goodie to take to lawn, let your inhibitions go and have some dramatic, active fun!

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Hikitia te Hā

Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing and mindfulness sequence that anyone can learn using our videos.

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Body Scan

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

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Chitter Chatter

Help your kids talk about how they're feeling - in a fun way!

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Wellbeing activities for the whānau

Simple whānau activities that have the added bonus of boosting wellbeing!

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All Right Parenting & Whānau

Parenting is awesome, but it also has its moments! Head here for more parenting tips and tricks.

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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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Helping your kids with diagnoses & differences

Having a child with a diagnoses or big emotions can be challenging for you — and your child. This guide offers some handy tips and things to try, based on the most up-to-date research.

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Being a First Rate Mate!

Help your tamariki build empathy and learn the key to being a good friend.

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