Young people have to cope with stress yet often are given little or no practical help, nor are they taught coping strategies. Using the popular technique of Circle Time, this book provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualisation. These strategies are already established in other walks of life, such as sport, and will build on emotional literacy work as part of the PSHE curriculum. The exercises are also accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and worksheets. This book will be useful for all adults who want to provide young people aged 8 upwards with the tools to assist emotional development.

Ball of Light

Ball of light

This exercise is useful for children who have difficulty gelling with one another and who are constantly bickering. It is also ideal for the promotion of goodwill that exists amongst a class.

The following question and statement can help to introduce the task:

  • What does good will toward others mean?
  • When there is general goodwill all can benefit.

Use the activity sheet ‘The Ball of Light’ before or after the activity.

You will need one soft ball – a juggling ball, sponge ball or tennis ball will do.

Tell the children that they are going to play a ball game. This game will help them to try to be positive with one another. It is like a handshake but instead they are going to ...

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