Build a wellbeing box

Build a mood-boosting wellbeing box full of positive messages, self-care goodies, favourite items, and interesting objects. Get creative!

You will need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • A4 paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
  • Cardboard box (why not use a shoebox?)
  • Items to fill the wellbeing box

Plan the boxes

  1. Everyone should think about messages that make them feel good. Do people have any favourite quotes or song lyrics? What would they say to a friend who’s having a bad day? This is a great opportunity to chat about mental health – we’ve included some hints in ‘Make it accessible’.
  2. Someone should make a note of the messages people suggested – they’ll be useful for later.
  3. Everyone should think about objects that make them feel happy or relaxed. They should choose things that are small enough to fit in a shoebox. The things could link to the ideas from the ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ below, remind people of a favourite memory, help them do a relaxing activity, or just make them giggle. For example, a favourite book, a small cuddly toy, colouring pencils and paper, a funny photo of friends or a pet, fidget toys, a list of favourite films, stress balls, nice-smelling products, or nail varnish. These are just some ideas – there are plenty more great choices.
  4. Everyone should plan how they’ll get hold of these items to make a wellbeing box. Perhaps they could bring some from home – the person leading the game may also be able to provide some items. Make sure people know whether they’ll be taking their boxes home again – if they won’t take them home the same day, it’s probably best not to bring their favourite teddy or the fidget toys they use every day.

Courtesy of Scouts UK

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