A better Medway

Helping children to cope

Below is a list of resources to help you support your child’s mental health and keep them entertained and occupied during lockdown.

Speaking to your child about coronavirus

Mental health

This week, 18 to 24 May, is Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus this year is on kindness. Have a chat with your children about the importance of showing kindness and what it feels like to receive kindness. 

This is a great opportunity to encourage children to be kind to themselves and improve their self-esteem. 

Use Mental Health Awareness Week to have conversations with your children about their mental health and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the family’s health and emotional wellbeing.

Physical activity

  • Staying active - Children will love these Disney inspired Shake Up games. 10 minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!
  • Physical activity apps - NHS activity apps to help you boost your physical activity in 10 minute bursts and a couch to 5k routine.
  • Joe Wicks PE: Live PE sessions with Joe Wicks, Monday to Friday at 9am.

Books and reading

  • If you are a library member can you download eBooks and eAudiobooks free of charge using the Libby app from Overdrive.

Indoor entertainment

  • Virtual museum tours - 12 famous museums that offer virtual museum tours that you can take from the sofa.
  • 20 virtual field trips to take with your kids  - includes zoos, aquariums and museums.

Outdoors fun