Health and Wellbeing

Day 3 – Stop Motion Emotions #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek

It’s day 3 already! The theme of this years #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek is Express Yourself. Today we want to focus on recognising and embracing our EMOTIONS!

What are emotions!? They are our feelings.

Children experience complex feelings just like adults. They get frustrated, excited, nervous, sad, jealous, frightened, worried, angry and embarrassed.

2019 workshop making emoji stress balls

However children usually don’t have the vocabulary to talk about how they are feeling. Instead they communicate their feelings in other ways. We can help young people to begin to recognise, express and embrace their emotions in a healthy way. Bottled up unspoken emotions can lead to difficulties letting people know what is going on as we grow up.

AT Cup-O-T we love to explore emotion through activities. Last year we visited the AMAZING Wymondham Guides (we miss you!) and created stop-motion animations about our emotions.

What is Stop Motion Animation!?

Stop-motion animation is a great way to bring toys and other objects to life — and learn the basics of filmmaking. You download an app on to your phone and off you go!

We love the Stop Motion Studio App – you can download it and use it for free from your phone’s App Store. Here’s a really simple video on how to use it:

So let’s make your own emoji stop motion animation!

You can download our activity sheet to plan it…

We would LOVE to see your animations. Please share on social media and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek

If you or a young person in your life needs support around expressing their emotions, understanding them or developing their strategies then please contact us for a free consultation to see if Occupational Therapy or EMDR Therapy could help.

Here are the FANTASTIC videos that the Wymondham Guides created…

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