The Heart and the Bottle
Once there was a girl whose life was filled with all the wonder of the world around her. Then one day something occurred that caused the girl to take her heart and put it in a safe place. Would she know when and how to get her heart back? This is a gentle reminder of what we stand to lose when we lock away loss.
Waterbugs and Dragonflies
This is the story of a small colony of water bugs living below the surface of a pond. Whenever a bug leaves the pond, those left behind are faced with the mystery of their absence. Stickney invites children into the question of their absence in order to help children understand death and the emotions associated with loss.
The Invisible String
The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times. This special paperback edition includes vibrant new illustrations and an introduction from the author.
The Huge Bag of Worries
Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her – in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time – at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them?
A funny and reassuring story about dealing with worries and anxiety. It can be used as a spring board into important conversations with your child. The perfect book to soothe worries during stressful times.
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Benny’s Hat quietly deals with the subject of sibling bereavement. It beautifully illustrates how children and adults process loss differently, whilst providing examples of how to support children when a sibling is suffering from a serious or life limiting illness.
This book is extremely helpful in supporting families, child and young people through pre-and post-bereavement.
The Colour Monster
One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour.
The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back is a story for children who have lost someone they love. Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. Each day, he watches it going out and coming back. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything. After a while, Eric saves a wild flower by giving it some water. He starts to make a beautiful rock pool garden and, as he does, he finds the courage to feel the full pain of his loss, instead of closing his heart.
Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine
Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine offers practical and sensitive support for bereaved children. Beautifully illustrated, it suggests a helpful series of activities and exercises accompanied by the friendly characters of Bee and Bear. This book offers a structure and an outlet for the many difficult feelings which inevitably follow when someone dies. It aims to help children make sense of their experience by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief, while finding a balance between remembering and having fun. This book is a useful companion in the present, and will become an invaluable keepsake in the years to come.
Always and Forever
When Fox dies, Mole, Hare, and Otter are devastated. They feel they will never get over their great sadness. How can life go on without him? Then one day Squirrel comes to visit. She reminds Fox’s family of all the funny things he used to do. And as the friends share dinner and tell stories, they realize at last that in their hearts and memories, Fox is still with them, and he will be, always and forever.
This gentle story is just right for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
Exploring my senses
Why is it important to explore our senses?
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Our senses are closely connected to our emotions and can trigger memories, consequently having a dramatic impact on how we feel.
Children naturally learn about the world around them using all five senses. From birth, children are experts at learning with their senses active. They have not learned to select the information from any one sense as more important.
Each of our senses uses its own detection system to gather information from our surroundings. This information is then sent to the brain where it will be processed to create a complete sensory picture of our environment.
Make your own playdough
Make your own playdough
Light and colour stimulate brain activity. From the moment you are born, sight contributes to your developing awareness of the world, whilst different colours can trigger different emotions.
Sound is all around us, everyday; man-made and natural. Our hearing teaches us right from wrong in addition to helping to decipher safety from danger.
Special cells in the nose detect different chemicals in the air that we breathe in. Our sense of smell is a powerful tool. It is most common for memories to be triggered by specific scents. It is believed that natural oils such as lavender promote calmness and wellness whilst reducing stress and anxiety.
Taste buds on the tongue react to salt, sour, bitter, sweet and umami tastes in our food. We learn to associate key learning moments and memories to taste.
Various receptors in our skin can detect different types of touch, including pressure and vibrations. This sense allows children to have a ‘hands on’ approach to learning and lived experiences, allowing them to reflect and engage in activities they feel comfortable with.
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