The Art Room is a programme that uses art to support children and young people's wellbeing and mental health.
Through creative expression, children and young people can explore their feelings, identity and relationships.
We help children and young people grow in confidence and develop the social skills they need to engage in learning and thrive in life.
Place2Be's Art Room team have developed a series of creative resources for teachers and parents or carers to use with children. Our Activities from The Art Room offer creative projects that can help children and adults during lockdown to nurture their relationship whilst having fun making art together.
Activity 1 - Heart beats
Shut your eyes and tune into your heart beat.
Can you feel it?
To make this easier, put your hand over your heart, or you can jump or dance to help you find it.
Activity 2- On the lookout...
Go for a walk near your home or in your garden and try to spot three new things.
Why did you think you've never noticed these things before?
Activity 3 - Ninja Challenge
Imagine you're a ninja.
Your senses are on high alert. How quietly can you move?
What sounds can you hear more clearly?
Activity 1 - Draw me a song
Put some music on and listen very carefully.
What shapes and colours pop into your mind?
Try to draw how the music makes you feel.
Activity 2 - Garden art
Shoes on, it's time to go in the garden.
Find some petals and leaves and use them to make a pattern.
What colours can you see?
What smells can you smell?
Can you do this with twigs or anything else?
Activity 3 - Water melodies...
Fill some drinking glasses with different amounts of water.
Wet your finger and lightly rub it round the rim of the glasses.
What beautiful music can you make?
Activity 4 - Scribble art!
Close your eyes and scribble on a piece of paper.
Then the fun part - see what you can spot in your scribbles.
Activity 5 - Just dance!
Find your favourite song and dance like no one is watching.
Stop thinking. Start dancing.
You can give any part of your body a wiggle.
Activity 6 - Colour spiral!
Use pens or crayons to draw a big spiral.
Choose colours that reflect how you feel today.
Is today a red day? Or blue? Or green?
Activity 7 - Pull a monster face!
It's time to be silly.
Stand opposite someone else and pull your funniest monster face.
How long can you do this for without laughing?
Activity 1 - Squeezy!
Lie down an close your eyes.
Squeeze and relax every muscle in your body one by one.
Start at your toes and work all the way up to your face.
Do you feel more relaxed?
Activity 2 - Candle hands!
Hold up your hands and imagine each finger is a candle - warm and tingly!
Now blow the candles out, one at a time.
Why not imagine each candle is a worry and blow them all away.
Activity 3 - Silly noodles!
lie down and imagine you're a raw noodle, stiff and straight.
What does it feel like?
Now imagine you're a cooked noodle.
How has the way you feel changed?
Activity 1 - Something Special
Take it in turns to share three things that make you special.
Once you've all shared, celebrate whats makes you, you!
Activity 2 - Say something nice
Paying someone a compliment is a very kind thing to do.
You could say they look nice or that you enjoy spending time with them.
How many people can you compliment today?
How does it feel?
Activity 3 - Strike a pose!
Turn yourself into a statue that shows people how you're feeling today.
Do you feel tall like a superhero, or quiet and curled up like a hedgehog?
Talk about why you chose your pose.
Activity 4 - Blowing bubbles!
Fill a glass with milk and pop a straw in it.
Blow into the straw and watch bubbles appear!
How big can you make the bubbles? Can you count them?
Activity 5 - A note for you...
You have a top secret mission!
Write or draw something nice for a person in your house, then hide the note somewhere they will find it.
How does it feel, doing something nice for someone?