These are challenging times. With everyone being instructed to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis, this can be a particularly stressful time for young children, their parents and carers. With that in mind, we want to help make your time at home as creative, rewarding and stress-free as possible.

We will be adding lots of new ideas for creative play and positive mental wellbeing to this page regularly, so please do bookmark and come back for more inspiration.

LATEST: YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR A BOOK

We all have different relationships with books and reading, not everyone has had positive experience. These videos are about exploring all the benefits to reading and will hopefully inspire you to give it a go. We’ve even included our own stories which you can share.

You can also download our FREE guide to Storytelling, including some recommendations of great books to get you started.

KEEP CALM KIT

Why not download and print your own copy of our Keep Calm Kit booklet?

We’d love to share your pictures of your very own Keep Calm Kit, so please do e-mail them into us. Follow us on social media (click the icons below) and tag your pictures #KeepCalmKit.

BEDTIME IDEAS FOR ANXIOUS CHILDREN

During these challenging days and weeks, it’s so important to try and keep calm. Easier said than done, especially if you’re caring for young children. Luckily, IntraQuest are here to help. We’ve produced a handy guide offering practical bedtime ideas for anxious children, along with a series of Top Tip videos. Here’s Jen to explain:

BEDTIME IDEAS TOP TIP ONE: BREATHING

BEDTIME IDEAS TOP TIP TWO: BUILDING ROUTINES

Click the buttons below to download your own Timetable and Bedtime Routine sheets, which include everything you need to get started.

BEDTIME IDEAS TOP TIP THREE: VALIDATING EMOTIONS

Click the button below to download your FREE Validation booklet, with lots of practical tips to follow.

BEDTIME IDEAS TOP TIP FOUR: PIVOTING (DEALING WITH WORRY)

Click the buttons below to download a whole host of FREE booklets, colouring sheets and even a gratitude journal.

LET’S PREPARE FOR SOME MESSY PLAY!

Click the button below to download your own Messy Play guide, including some fun recipes and top tips!

SENSORY WORKOUTS – WHAT ARE THEY?

Are your children feeling particularly low in energy or motivation? Perhaps there’s a little too much energy on display? Well, planning a sensory workout might be the tonic you need to perk up, or calm down. Here’s Jen and some of the play therapists at IntraQuest with some great fun ideas for putting together a sensory workout.

THE POWER OF HIDE & SEEK

Do you remember the sense of thrill and giddiness during games of hide and seek as a youngster? Do you remember some of your favourite hiding places? As well as being immense fun, hide and seek has some seriously positive impacts on growing brains and key life skills. Watch our video with Jen above, and you can download our FREE Hide and Seek guide below.