Supporting Children’s Needs at Home

Supporting Mental Health

Evidenced-Based Practice: Anna Freud national centre for Children and Families

We all have Mental Health Suitable for children – recognising mental health and that it’s normal and ok to have a mix of positive and negative emotions.

Managing Emotions

Learning to recognise emotions PART 1 Children are encouraged to guess how the person might be feeling and to name the emotions. Suitable for young children.

Guess and Learn Emotions and Feelings Part 2 Part 2 provides more challenging and complex emotions to explore with your child.

Learning feelings and emotions for Preschool children

Losing Control of our emotions? Explores how people can react to problems and why. Suitable for adults and older young people.

Alfred & Shadow – A short story about emotions (education psychology health animation) Explores what emotions are, how emotions and reactions can be changed. Suitable for some children, but check first as the terms used may not suitable for younger children.

Anger Management in 5 easy steps Techniques to help support your child to manage their anger using the ABCD approach.

Developing Self-Esteem

How to build your child’s self-esteem and raise a confident child Simple tips and strategies to support you in supporting your child.


Self-regulation Games by Kreative Leadership Supports parents in identifying if their child has developed or needs to develop the skill of self-regulation. It includes identification, and some simple games you can play to help your children improve their ability to self-regulate.

Relaxation techniques

Japanese method to relax in 5 minutes

Developing Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are achieved when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists. Children use their fine motor skills when writing, holding small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards.

Little Learners –

This YouTube channel provides a range of simple videos on sensory play. Making sensory resources, basic phonics and language development.

12 Activities using recycled bottle caps to develop fine motor skills – please monitor younger children or those who are sensory seeking to ensure they do not swallow the bottle caps.

Fine Motor Activities with Slimes! from Paediatric Therapy Network

Bilateral Coordination for Children from the Paediatric Therapy Network

Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time. Here are three activities that strengthen these skills!

3 Hand Strengthening Activities from the Paediatric Therapy Network

Hand and finger strength is important for children to participate in everyday activities such as fastening buttons or snaps on clothing, writing a paragraph, tying shoes, cutting food, or climbing monkey bars. Here are three hand and finger strengthening activities that are easy to do at home!

Developing Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements. The following videos should give you an idea of different activities and circuits you can make using these you have around the home. Mix them up and create different levels of challenge and interest. Involve your child in setting the circuits up if you can and model to them how to complete the circuits.

Active Play for Kids – Gross Motor Activity – Cheap and Easy

15 Gross Motor At-Home Activities with Painter’s Tape from the Paediatric Therapy Network

9 Gross Motor At-home Activities with Pillows from the Paediatric Therapy Network

8 At-Home Gross Motor Activities Using Towels and Sheets

Sensory Play & Sensory Circuits

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

How to do sensory circuits for beginners tutorial
Learn the basics about sensory circuits, how to do them and a demonstration showing a circuit full of examples.

Doing a sensory Circuit at home from Shenstone School Staff

Easy & Educational Sensory Play Activities This video is aimed at toddlers but will be suitable for sensory seeking children of any age. It shows different ways to stimulate your child’s senses with sensory play! Sensory play is so important for a child’s development

Making Sensory Bottle

  • Calming Jars – A quick and easy tutorial showing you how to make the infamous Sensory Bottle! Also known as ‘Calming Jars’, these bottles are great for helping to calm babies and children, as well as sensory stimulation for children and adults with Autism and other Special Needs.

Sensory Play – Glow stick bath

Occupational Therapy at Home

Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues (which some people may refer to as “sensory integration disorder”) by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way.

Sensory Processing Disorder: Example of Therapy Session – you could look to use some of these activities at home

Photo credit

  • Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash – Egg Emotions
  • Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash – And Breathe
  • Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash – Pencils
  • Photo by David Vilches on Unsplash – Football
  • Photo by Greyson Joralemon on Unsplash – Ball Pit
  • Photo by youssef naddam on Unsplash – Reaching Out