The animals all have different thoughts and feelings about returning to school after some time away.
This video is a quick tour of the school and the classrooms so you can see what has changed and what has stayed the same since your were last at school.
Play therapist Di Hoyer, talks you through some simple exercises you can do at home to help maintain a calm state of being. The exercises can take a bit of practise, so you may need to dew them a few times.
Miss Mulligan shares one of her favourite stories.
Mrs Clayton shares one of her favourite stories.
Mrs Hagues shares one of her favourite books.
Mrs Rollins shares one of her favourite stories.
Miss Claypole shares one of her favourite stories.
Mrs Keegan shares one of her favourite stories!
Mr Chaplin gives a quick video guide to assembling your Box Buddy
We have lots of stories and toys to use as places to safely store our worries or emotions. Think of a way your Box Buddy could be used. You might imagine your Box Buddy coming to life and guiding you to find solutions, or you might consider the Box Buddy to be a Safe that no-one else can open. You could place the Box Buddy on the floor away from you. Write or draw your worries on small pieces of paper and roll each one into a tight ball. Roll of throw the ball at the Box Buddy and see it you can hit it,
Take a really good look at your Box Buddy and think about the expression, the movements it might make, the sort of character it may have. Image what adventure it could have, or the type of story it could be part of. You could act out the story with other toys/objects/Box Buddies. You may want to tell the story in pictures – like a comic book. You could draw each scene or take photos of the Box Buddy to make up the story.
When we notice something that we can change, like walking more calmly, or going to bed on time it is good to celebrate it. What helps us change is taking really tiny steps, so that our brain does not feel so stressed about doing things differently. Create a simply line chart on a piece of paper, to show each tiny step you take when making changes. Place the box buddy along the line to show each step you take.
This challenge is to make the Box Buddy move without touching it with your body. Think about the toys or objects that could help, or even try using your breath. Make a list of the ways that are successful. Long slow breaths can often work, or finding something that slopes.