The Feelings Flowers act as a barometer for staff to gauge the wellbeing of children as they arrive at school and throughout the school day. Adapted to be accessible to children from Nursery to Year 4/5, the Feelings Flowers indicate up to five different feelings – happy, sad, worried, angry and OK – which children are invited to put their ‘caterpillar’ on to indicate how they are feeling. This provides a simple and straightforward indication to classroom staff of the emotional wellbeing of each child in the class.
Caterpillar Club is based on a unique storybook involving KIPSY the Caring Caterpillar (previously Casey the Caring Caterpillar). With the help of children in school, KIPSY visits a range of feelings, explaining the physical sensations that come with the feelings as well as the ways in which children can respond well to their feelings. The core focus of the book is to develop children’s emotional literacy. In addition, an element of the story involves a brief period of mindfulness in which children are taught a simple technique to help them learn how to practice being calm.
The KIPSY storybook is available in various age appropriate versions from Nursery to Year 4.
This is a one-off workshop lead by a member of the charity workshop team that lasts for approximately 90 minutes. Children in school years 3 to 6 are introduced to the concept of resilience and taught how to practice ‘letting things bounce’ and ‘keeping going’. It is a very energetic and upbeat workshop in which children are invited to let their difficulties and any sadness ‘bounce off’ their shield.