Nurturing and Supporting Mental Wellbeing

Daily Routines, Activities and Fun Ideas

Getting into a routine can help provide structure to a day, the links on this page have been collated by Mencap and Education Scotland.

Click on the picture to access resources created by the organisation Mencap.

Fun Ideas

Family Lives have some suggestions of fun ideas of activities, crafts and games you can do with your child at home.

  • Texture book – Make a texture book using different textures – like wall paper, sand paper, bubble wrap, washing scourers, foam wash cloth etc
  • Dance competition – Put on music and have a dance competition!
  • Dress yourself – Using either a large piece of card or lining paper, draw around each other to create life-size figures. Then cut up old clothes to dress your portraits up.
  • Sensory flour games – Mix cornflour and water together and it makes a great sensory play tool. Also put flour into a plastic bag and seal it with some food colouring. As it gets squished round it will change colour.
  • Graffiti wall – Stick some blank paper on a wall and turn it into a ‘graffiti wall’.
  • Home skittles – Use guttering to make a chute to play skittles.
  • Sensory tent – Kit out a play tent with everyday items, such as old CDs, tinsel, fairy lights – for a great sensory space.
  • Sensory indoor tray play- Use a plastic box, filled with different things, like dried beans, sand, shaving foam, even toothpaste, for sensory play.
  • Matching pairs game – Use a digital camera to photograph and make your own matching pair cards, eg: your dog, your home, family.
  • Smelly socks game – Use old socks. Scent some cotton wool balls with different smells like tea, coffee, lemon, apple or tomato ketchup etc. When the cotton balls are dry, put them in the socks, tie them up with a ribbon, and play a game of ‘Guess the smell’.

Activity Cards

For fun ideas on activities for sensory breaks, movement breaks and skill development, click the images below.


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