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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine

Additional Needs and Well-being Resources- ALL YEARS

Fun Activities Indoors and Outdoors

Baking cakes     Cooking together   Create a scrapbook    Treasure hunt       Flip book animation  Create your own story   Make a fairy doorway    Stage a family play       Create a den       Chalk art in the garden        Plant sunflowers  Plant tomatoes 


Parent and child pampering sessions         Family choir        Make a bird feeder Create a time capsule    Find a pen pal    Our homes’ got talent      Create a nature collage   Finger painting      Design your own board game    Family sports day


Macaroni crafts    Junk modelling   Baking soda volcano      Messy play        Noughts and crosses       Play pirates  Family bake off     Family quiz   Clap for the NHS     Positive affirmations artwork  Decorate a room      


Design your own birthday card  Nerf gun garden battle  Hangman  Write a song/poem       Play the sun always shines on me Play hide and seek   Create your own bead necklace   Tie and dye art    Cartwheels  Set a skipping record  Create a memory box  Hop! 


Play snap  Help in the garden        Put on finger puppet show   Dance performance     Smile!    Make a paper fortune teller (chatterbox)  Family movie and popcorn night    Help wash dishes  Design a car   Re-lace trainers in a new style        Create home art rubbings       Water fight


 Paint garden stones  Decorate plant pots    Make a dreamcatcher     Help with washing dishes     Decorate a hairband  Family picnic in garden Make your own obstacle course   Create origami bunnies   Hopscotch   Easter bonnet Chalk garden games       Become a news broadcaster Laugh!


Garden gymnastics Penalty shootout competition   Fancy dress day Create a bug hotel    Jump about  Pyjama day  Digital detox day Paper aeroplane competition       Musical statues       Bake your own cookies  Make your own gloop  Learn sign language  Learn Makaton  


Paint a parent’s nails    Make a family member breakfast in bed   Adopt an animal (charity)              Plait your hair in a new style each day  Make indoor restaurant for your family       Paper mache balloon     Tidy your room    Have a tea party    Make yogurt pot telephones    


Useful fun, websites with highly visual games  for using with your children to learn and consolidate early skills.

Managing a Meltdown

Isolation is a stressful time for everyone, your children will be struggling to adjust to their new routine and make sense of what is happening. Resources in the social, emotional star will help. However it is likely that the stresses of what is happening will impact on your child's behaviour, You know your child better than anyone but here are some useful coping strategies which may help


  • Stay calm and don't shout

  • if your child has triggers which have caused the meltdown remove them

  • remove other children and things from the situation - reduce stimulations

  • talk in a calm soothing voice

  • give clear short instructions

  • remove anything that can cause them harm

  • don't tell them off

  • Stay close and watch them without over crowding them

  • Use breathing exercises

  • When they are calming down give them a cuddle - big squeezes help to calm

  • when they have calmed down - let them relax, give them a drink or snack, chewing will help to calm them further

  • retreat to a quiet space

  • when they are ready talk to them about what happened so that you can avoid it again in the future


Remember a meltdown is not bad behaviour, it is when your child is so overwhelmed and overloaded that they cannot communicate this - they have lost their words. They are having a fight or flight response and they have lost control, they really need you not to