Trick Box is an amazing strategy that we use to support children in developing positive life habits to help manage challenges in all kinds of life situations. It is an emotional management and personal development programme aimed to develop four key areas: confidence, communication, creativity and calmness. It’s simple, fun and effective.
As children are given their own trick card to bring home, once it’s been introduced, parents are able to practise these with their children at home.
Trick Box helps children:
Build confidence and self esteem
Manage emotions and anxiety
Develop communication skills and positive actions
Create and achieve personal goals
Coach themselves through challenges
Children are introduced to 24 ‘tricks’ and a simple self-coaching model called the Letter Box, designed to give them positive habits for life.
Teachers introduce the use of tricks in assemblies and/or class time and reinforce these through the school day. As children bring home their trick cards, once they have been introduced, parents are able to practise these with their children at home.
To help support the skills your child is learning at school, we also run a Trick Box parents’ programme. This course runs alongside the children’s programme, addressing and building the same areas of personal skills: stress, confidence, assertiveness and goals.
The parents’ Trick Box programme is a fun, weekly course which runs in partnership with Mengham Infant School. For more information and to secure a place on the course, please contact Leah Gornall (Home School Link Worker).
Think about the good things about you.
Breathe in your calm colour.
Imagine floating on a cloud.
Think - how can we both win?
Do things you like and something new.
Believe in yourself.
Make a magic circle with your thumb and finger.
When something seems bad, find a sunny side.
Think - sometimes you need to say No.
Think of the answer, not the problem.
Think - could saying Yes be good?
Stand As If
If you want to feel confident or happy - stand or sit like that.
Think strong, confident thoughts.
Make a change and go.
Break through the wall.
Ask - How can I ...?
Keep a list of the great things about you.
Stretch your comfort zone.
Do something different.
Breathe slowly and rub your thumb.
Put your worry on your finger tip.
Say - Well done to yourself.
Imagine your steps to reach your goal.