The Angry Birds Movie is now available on DVD and Blu Ray … just in time for the school holidays.
To celebrate, mindfulness and wellbeing expert Bonnie Morgan has given us some tips and exercises on how to keep your little Angry Birds happy this school holidays.
With over 20 years of primary teaching experience and a Masters in Wellbeing Education, Bonnie Morgan offers advice on building positivity and resiliency in children from an early age.
Check out some of her top tips below as well as some cute Angry Birds printable guides on how to encourage mindfulness, individuality and happiness in kids – perfect to stick on the fridge!
Vital for building self-esteem, resilience helps kids build up their confidence, vital in creating happy and healthy kids.
Red’s Tip: Let your little ones try things on their own, such as making a sandwich or tying their laces. It is incredibly satisfying to do things on your own.
The best way to develop self-esteem is to create opportunities for children to be leaders. Ask your children what their dreams are and encourage them to be aspirational, encourage them to take control. Whether it’s something small like getting all their spelling words right or something big like becoming an astronaut, it’s incredibly positive for kids to have this ambition and drive, beneficial in later life too.
It gives them the independence to help decide what’s best for them. And while it’s hard to watch your kid stumble, it’s even harder to watch them fall. Trust that they know what they’re doing and let them know that you’re ready to help should they need it.
Remember that whilst mum might know best, it’s better if they learn to grow from these lessons themselves.
Breathe in, breathe out. In and out.
In our busy lives as parents, easy to forget that growing up is hard fir kids. It’s important to remember that even though they’re young, kids still have their own concerns and problems.
Mindfulness refers to being in the present and its practice has been found to have positive long-term effect on developing healthy minds. It’s unhealthy to dwell on issues so children are encouraged to take a break. It helps kids refocus, to become better problem solvers and develop a productive outlook on life.
Breathing exercises and going for a walk a great ways for kids (and parents!) relax. By learning how to calm our bodies down, we learn how to deal and become comfortable with our present.
Matilda’s Tip: Practice breathing exercises with your little birds. Ask them to place their hands on their chest and take 10 deep breaths. Ask them how they feel afterwards.
Learning how to deal with negatives in a positive way is something even adults struggle with. Everyone has their down days and kids are no exception.
Children need to learn how to identify their feelings and think about events in a positive way, and creating these positive environments can help kids soar to new heights. Get creative with your children and encourage them to express themselves through positive channels. Painting or journaling are a couple of fun ways that not only let them express themselves but also help in reflecting and relieving pressure too.
Chuck’s Tip: Before going to bed, ask your little ones to state three things they’re grateful for that day, to encourage positive reflection.
We can learn to believe in ourselves if we focus on the things that we’re good at. Satisfaction is inextricably linked to happiness and if kids can see progress, the effects of their positive attitude know no bounds.
Print out these cool printables and your little birds will be entertained all holidays …
What do you do to ensure your kids have a healthy mind? Share with us below.
The Angry Birds Movie is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.