Tooled Up Education

My Coping Menu

When we feel strong emotions, such as sadness, anger, fear or anxiety, it’s useful to have a toolkit of things we can do that we know will help to make us feel better. Encourage children to choose from our suggested menu of options (or come up with their own) to create a list of go-to people and activities that they know will help when they feel overwhelmed, down in the dumps or cross. Keep it to hand, so that they can access it as soon as these feelings arise.

Apps to Help Children Engage with Nature

We put together a list of brilliant apps and websites that combine on- and offscreen activities to engage children with nature. These apps are designed for both outdoor adventures and learning and encourage children do everything from creating landscapes, growing vegetables and feeding animals to identifying constellations.

Promoting Wellbeing in Autistic Children Through Nature-Based Learning

In this webinar, Samantha Friedman discusses the benefits of spending time in nature for autistic children’s wellbeing, including lower stress levels, fewer emotional and behavioural problems, and increased empathy for the natural world. She further highlights the importance of access, engagement, and connection with nature and provides information on nature-based learning and the theories underpinning it.

My Wellbeing Journal

We have designed this journal for your teens to fill in over a 14 day period. It aims to encourage them to reflect on their experiences and achievements and build resilience. It provides prompts that can help them to develop and maintain a positive mindset and improve wellbeing.

Books to Support Children’s Mental Health

There are huge numbers of books and resources available to help support children’s mental health and it can feel hard to know where to start. We’ve picked out some that come highly recommended and broken them down into easy to digest sections. You’ll find both fiction to inspire a positive mindset and practical workbooks.

Happiness Checklist

Our happiness checklist can be filled out by children and young people of all ages. Use any statements that don’t ring true for them as a talking point in family chat.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Peter Clough: Mental Toughness

In this podcast, Dr Weston speaks to Professor Peter Clough about mental toughness, especially in children and young people. They explore the importance of understanding how different children will have different levels of mental toughness and will therefore need different types of support and challenge.