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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Conflict on the news: tips for discussions with children

With the escalating war in Ukraine dominating our news, social media feeds and conversations, many of us are feeling overwhelmed and worried. But it can be easy to forget that the children in our lives will also be aware of the news – to different degrees depending on their age and exposure to media – […]

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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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Summer Camps 2021

Registration is now open for our 2021 Summer Camps. Click here to sign up! We asked one of our mentors, Cat, to explain why she loves volunteering at our summer camps and why they’re a great option for children during the holidays. “I love volunteering with Citywise because it is such a supporting and nurturing […]

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Making a family coat of arms

In our mentoring curriculum, one of the first things children consider is the topic of self-knowledge. This is all about identifying some of the key things, that make you who you are. These can include for example your hobbies, your strengths and your values. It’s also a brilliant way for the mentors and children to […]

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Glasgow Spring Camp 2021

We had such fun at this year’s Spring Camp … and it was so wonderful to be together in-person again that we kept a bit of a diary to share with you!

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ONLINE MENTORING: MANCHESTER EDITION!

(2 minute read) In February this year, after the success of our first online half-term camp, the Manchester team launched an Online Mentoring Club, holding weekly sessions with up to 20 children and 10 volunteers. We are so excited to have now returned to in-person mentoring again, welcoming families back to the Citywise Centre according […]

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A partnership that changed everything

(2 minute read) It’s not everyday that character-development experts from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, choose you for a prestigious grant and two-year partnership. But in 2018, that’s exactly what happened to us, and we’ve spoken a lot about it since then (wouldn’t you?). That’s because it has helped […]

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Mentoring a world changer!

(2 minute read) Mentoring with Citywise has provided me with purpose, motivation, and a whole lot of laughter amidst the stress of a global pandemic, and whilst I complete my final year at university! My first experience of being a 1:1 mentor has been fully online. The thought of this made me quite apprehensive at […]

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Overcoming the drop

Have you ever set yourself a goal, started with great enthusiasm but quickly hit a snag in the road? A distraction, a difficult experience, the feeling of failure, or creeping self doubt can pull you off track from where you were heading. We understand this as the drop, and if you’re familiar with it, you’re […]

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A world of adventures!

(2 minute read) Explore a whole new world of stories, adventure and wonder with your child for World Book Day on Thursday 4th March! Reading with your child can help them become more confident, it stimulates their imagination and helps them develop valuable language and listening skills. It can even give them a love of […]

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Making the sun shine inside!

Although we’re living in unusual times it’s comforting to know that the nature is still doing its thing! The sun continues to rise and set every day, flowers are blooming, leaves are changing colour; there is so much to see and appreciate.  Nature is good for you Spending time in green space is beneficial to […]

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Helping children make and keep good friendships in a pandemic

(4 minute read) We recently wrote a blog post about the gift of friendship. There we shared some pretty good reasons why friendship is great.  Friends keep us happy and healthy, and even just knowing that we share a connection with somebody can help us feel less alone. So how can we help children make […]

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New February Half Term Camp and Weekly After-School Mentoring Club

21 Jan 2021 **THE HALF TERM CAMP IS NOW FULL** We’re so pleased to be able to offer new activities and groups to children aged 8-12 in Manchester starting in February! Take a look through the details, and please sign your children up using the link.  Any of the older children in our Citywise community […]

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5 ways to boost wellbeing at home

(4 minute read) Lockdown has given us the opportunity to ‘reinvent’ our families, be present, support each other, and find new ways to teach and learn. In the midst of big changes, we can still create positive memories, spend quality family time and make sure everyone is well, inside and out! These 5 simple ways […]

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Nurture Kindness

(1 minute read) We all love being on the receiving end of kindness. A kind word, a friendly smile or help before we’ve even asked for it. Scientists love to talk about the ‘ripple effect’ and how one simple act of kindness can spark another, and another, and another! Kindness can take courage. It can […]

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A lockdown hug

As the UK heads into another lockdown, the team at Citywise want to send all teachers, parents and children a big lockdown hug! Yeti sends you all the love! The Citywise Yeti wants to remind you all that this time of lockdown and waiting will be over one day…but not YET! If you’re feeling frustrated […]

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A different kind of Christmas

A different kind of Christmas, but a very special one! Even though we can’t interact in the normal ways this Christmas we have still gathered and celebrated in every way we can! This December, children in our communities have gathered for two Christmas sessions and we’ve hosted a Family Drop-In too! We’ve been able to […]

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Wholesome Homemade Pizza!

When that urge for pizza hits, but you’re looking for a healthier and hands-on way to enjoy it, look no further! We’re passionate about families and we recently gave this recipe and all the ingredients to lots of Citywise families at our recent Christmas sessions. If you would like to make this a fun Pizza […]

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Delicious Oreo Truffles Recipe!

We have all spent a lot more time with our families than we expected to this year! Citywise is on a mission to help families bond at a time when it can be tricky to do the normal things that help us relax or have fun. Over the years children on our community programmes have […]

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Manchester December Parties (NOW FULL)

Join us this December on either Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December (or both!) You child will get valuable time with a Citywise Mentor as they complete activities, crafts and games together. We can’t wait. We have room for 12 children on each day, so please let us know if for any reason you can […]

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