Colouring in competition encourages students to recognise their feelings
October is Mental Health Month and children in Sydney Local Health District are being encouraged to recognise feelings in themselves and others with a fun colouring competition.
Local school students are invited to submit entries that explore how our body gives us clues about how we're feeling.
The activity helps children to identify sensations such as feeling butterflies in the tummy or wobbly legs when they're nervous or anxious.
District Occupational Therapist Stacey Argent says while the competition is a lot of fun, it’s also helping children develop an important skill.
“Children who can understand and manage their feelings are more likely to develop a positive sense of self and be confident, curious learners”.
Mental health in children is the strongest predictor of academic success and those who can demonstrate resilience are generally better at managing the challenges of everyday life and are more motivated to learn.
Schools taking part will receive a lesson plan focusing on the importance of identifying, talking about and reflecting on feelings.
The top three entries will win a prize pack consisting of kinetic sand, pencils and colouring books. Judges will be looking for lots of colour and creativity!
To get involved or find out more information, contact Stacey Argent on 9736 9830 or firstname.lastname@example.org