Go Outside: Benefits of the outdoors!

As the Bounce Back Movement challenge continues, we reflect on the benefits of getting outside. The Bounce Back Movement challenge takes place every May and encourages children to exercise every day for 30 mins. You can read more about this challenge here! Physical activity has many benefits on our minds and bodies, and being in a […]

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We’re All in this Together: Benefits of Group Activity

As the Bounce Back Movement challenge continues, we reflect on the benefits of group activity. The Bounce Back Movement challenge takes place every May and encourages children to exercise every day for 30 mins. You can read more about this challenge here! In the last blog we published, we shared our thoughts on the benefits of […]

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You Got to Move It: Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise

As the Bounce Back Movement challenge continues, we reflect on the benefits of exercising. The Bounce Back Movement challenge takes place every May and encourages children to exercise every day for 30 mins. You can read more about this challenge here. Physical activity is important to grow and strengthen children’s muscles and bones, prevents excessive […]

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What is the Bounce Back Movement Challenge?

Every May, Citywise runs something called the Bounce Back Movement Challenge for a selected group of classes that are taking part in term-time mentoring projects at our partner schools. The Bounce Back Movement Challenge aims to get children moving and exercising! It was started after the pandemic with the aim of supporting children to bounce […]

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Projector Craft

Sometimes we need to find motivation to be resilient and many crafts and games can help with this. The projector craft is no exception! This fun craft encourages creativity as well as creating a space for children to actively think about bravery and resilience. Motivation can be hard to find when we fail at something […]

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Scoop the Cotton challenge!

This game is a great chance to test your resilience! Completing tasks and activities like this one gives you a chance to develop a growth mindset and become more resilient. You can read more about the growth mindset and resilience by clicking the links below: Growth mindset Resilience Activities like this one can help you […]

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Mantra

Sometimes we can lack encouragement and motivation to do things or to continue with tasks. This mantra activity helps children to motivate themselves, and get back up and try again if they failed the first time. It not only helps to build resilience, but to develop a growth mindset. According to research, these two skills […]

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Resilience: What is it? Why do we need it?

During their time at Citywise, kids explore different topics in order to build their understanding of self-worth. At Citywise, we believe that resilience is one of the most important topics. To be resilient is to bounce back when you’re faced with a challenge in life. At Citywise, the image of a marshmallow is often used […]

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Children’s Mental Health Week: Let’s Share!

The week beginning 7th February is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week! On social media, you may have seen Citywise posting top tips that help our children’s mental health. The next few blog posts will not only be expanding on those tips, but also sharing activities that families can do at home to be aware of […]

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Children’s Mental Health Week: Express!

The week beginning 7th February is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week! On social media, you may have seen Citywise posting top tips that help our children’s mental health. The next few blog posts will not only be expanding on those tips, but also sharing activities that families can do at home to be aware of […]

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Children’s Mental Health Week: Let’s Play!

The week beginning 7th February is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week! On social media, you may have seen Citywise posting top tips that help our children’s mental health. The next few blog posts will not only be expanding on those tips, but also sharing activities that families can do at home to be aware of […]

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Magic Wands

Attention parents! Read out the below passages to your child to engage them in this fun and thought-provoking activity! Imagine this scene: a wizard visits your family home and gives everyone in your family magic wands that have the ability to change things! If you could change one thing in the entire world, what would […]

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Goal Mood Boards

In order for us to set goals, we need to figure out what we want in life. This Goal Mood Board activity is a fantastic one to do with family and children, because it prompts us to communicate and express our ideas, hopes and dreams with our loved ones. Creating an artistic representation of your […]

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W.O.O.P Activity

A New Year has begun! We’re all looking ahead to the next twelve months and thinking about the changes we want to make for ourselves and our families. But how many of us have written a list of New Year’s Resolutions on a piece of paper on 1st January, and forgotten about them for the […]

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Baubles of Hope Activity

Change can be scary for everyone, and for children it can feel unpredictable, daunting, and exciting all at once. This activity is a helpful way to encourage children to develop a sense of hope in the face of uncertainty, by inspiring helpful conversations about things to look forward to in the future. Hope is one […]

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Oreo Truffles Recipe

This is a perfect activity to get the children involved in – there’s a role for everybody when making Oreo Truffles! Why not print this recipe out and see if your children can follow it? You’ll not only impress your friends and family with the delicious result of this recipe, but it’s a great opportunity […]

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Stress Ball Activity

What is a stress ball? Let’s find out what stress balls are used for and why you should make one! Squeezing and playing with stress balls can help us be mindful. Taking a moment to pause and squeeze them helps us release tension and feel more relaxed. When we pause and squeeze, we do two […]

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The Toothpaste Experiment

The Toothpaste Experiment is a fun (though messy!) activity that’s perfect for exploring kindness with children. Before you start, why not explain to your child why kindness is important and how it can impact not only other people, but also ourselves? Completing small acts of kindness can create a chemical reaction in our brains! When […]

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Recycling Station Activity

At Citywise when we speak about kindness, we like to speak about kindness to ourselves, kindness to others and kindness to the planet. This last category is just as important as the others. One big way we can be kind to the planet is to to help the environment become a cleaner space. To do […]

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Fork Fireworks Activity

The Fork Fireworks activity will help you to express yourself through creativity! You’ll create a colourful picture for you to hang up on your fridge and this is a great thing to do as a family, so make sure to get everyone involved! You’re probably familiar with the tale of Guy Fawkes night. It started years and […]

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Mindfulness Glitter Jars

Making a mindfulness glitter jar is a great activity for the whole family. The jar can help children and adults feel relaxed, reflect on their thoughts and explore what mindfulness is. Here’s how we make Mindfulness Glitter Jars! Our minds are so powerful! When we feel a negative emotion it doesn’t only affect our hearts, […]

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