50 Key Messages – Craft ideas for you and your child

Craft ideas for you and your child

Making Crowns

This is a fun and easy way to make a crown for your little prince or princess.

Whether you are planning for a party or looking to fill a rainy day, this is a great craft activity for you and your child to do together.

  • Allow your child to customise their crown. Encourage them to use different materials and get creative with paint, markers, glue and glitter.
  • When they are finished, take a scissors and cut into the open end of the cup to create points. It’s your turn to have some fun.
  • When you are both happy with the crown, make some small cuts close to the base. Take a plain plastic hairband and thread it through the paper cup.

Paper Lanterns with LED Bulbs

These lanterns make great decorations.

Make sure you can source LED bulbs before you start.

  • Print out the template, on your desired paper OR you can print one to be used for lots of tracings.
  • Cut the lantern shape out of desired paper
  • Using a hole punch, you can design your lantern.
  • Carefully fold all the corners up
  • Take a long piece of tape and place it on the INSIDE of the box and very carefully pull the opposite side up and seal tightly. You do not want light coming out of the edges, so take time to seal these well.
  • Carefully insert the LED bulb and you’re done.

TIPS: Get creative! You can cut the lanterns out of all kinds of paper (i.e. wrapping paper at Christmas and birthdays, magazines, coloured card)

Download template 1.8_crafts_PAPER_LANTERN_template

Paper Garland

Garlands are a great way to decorate your child’s room and make great decorations for a birthday.

Make sure you and your child are careful when using the needle and perhaps have a designated ‘safe spot’ for it to rest.

  • Print out the template, on your desired paper OR you can print one to be used for lots of tracings.
  • Make a number of items to string along the garland. Get creative with your child about what you could do.
  • Decide how long you need the garland to be and add 6 inches when cutting the string
  • Tie a loop of the end of the string and knot it
  • Thread a needle with a large eye
  • Carefully punch the needle through an entry point and exit point on the right side of the fish; proceed in the same way, using the same spacing, until the garland is full.
  • Tie another loop of the end of the string and knot it
  • The garland is ready to hang up.

Download template 1.8_crafts_FISH_GARLAND_template

Source https://www.tusla.ie/parenting-24-seven/6-12-years/the-parent-child-relationship-is-key/craft-ideas-for-you-and-your-child/

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.


The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.


In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  


Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  


In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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