The ideas and support materials to help your child complete their challenges are on the relevant challenge page. See below for a collated list of these resources, and more.
- The All Right organisation has fun activities and a parent toolbox on the Sparklers site. These cover a wide range of wellbeing topics including managing emotions, living in the moment, being grateful, and showing kindness.
- Download the Tiny Adventures app, filled with easy and fun activities to do with your child—even if you’ve got just a minute to spare.
- Healthinfo is a health information website for the general public, funded by Canterbury-DHB. You can specify your district to get more locally-targeted content. It is written and approved by local doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals in an easy to understand format.
- What’s Up is a fantastic website to introduce your child to. It is a free online chat or phone service for kids and teenagers to talk to someone (a trained counsellor) about anything at all. The main website has tips to help kids deal with their emotions.
- Find an activity in your city from this Family Activities website (many of these are 2 in 1 activities as they also stretch your mind)
- For more information about keeping kids active, see HealthInfo – Ideas for keeping kids active
- My family activities has many ideas and instructions for great family fun, you can select your region get ideas for your location
- Active Canterbury has easy helpful ways to increase activity in your family for everyone
- See this list of 21 free family activities to do in Christchurch
- See also the poster Be Active Every Day, HE2313.
- Read more about healthy eating in Eating for Healthy Children Aged 2–12, HE1302, and Eating for Healthy Teenagers, HE1230.
- You view and order these, as well as other nutrition resources, at www.healthed.govt.nz
- Ministry of Health
- New Zealand Physical Activity Guidelines
- Sport NZ see the Active Movement resources for children under 5.
- Feet First
- Walking School Bus
- A good breakfast on Healthinfo
- Healthy school lunches from Healthinfo
- Healthy dinners from Healthinfo
- Smart snacking for children: Snack ideas and tips for healthy snacks for kids
- Fussy eaters: It often takes 10 to 15 times for a food to be offered before it is accepted. Find out more about how you can deal with fussy eaters.
- Parenting healthy & active children: A short and actionable article on how to teach children to eat well.
- Tips to help your child be healthy & active: A helpful checklist to cover off the basics. No surprises: this summarises many of the aspects of the Healthy Heroes challenge!
- How to cut down on sugar: The rundown on sugar, what’s a normal amount to aim for, what to look out for, and tips to cut back.
- Kids are more likely to eat healthily if they're involved in the preparation and understand how healthy food helps their bodies. Pick an activity or food idea in Kids’ Kitchen to do with your child.
- Let Lindsay tell you why she loves salad. It saves her time, mess and money
- Eat for health is a website with many resources, posters, and brochures on eating guidelines
- Kids Health: This website covers heaps of information on child sleep. A good starter article is some of the common issues children have with sleeping, including: delayed sleep, sleep association (the need for a toy or person to get to sleep), bedtime resistance, anxiety, insomnia and restless legs. It has useful tips for what you can do about it. It also links to tools to deal with sleep problems.
- This article focuses on normal sleep for primary school children, common sleep problems in this age group, and a range of strategies to manage them. There is also information about safe sleep for babies, and helping your teenager.
- Kids sleep doctor: A free app to help you understand and improve your child’s sleep patterns. It provides personalised tips.
- NHS Choices: This British site has good pages on How much sleep do children need? and How TVs, phones, and screens spoil kids' sleep.
- Sleep Health Foundation: This Australian site has some excellent information about sleep problems in children. It cover such topics as ADHD, behavioural sleep problems, snoring and sleep apnoea, common sleep problems, sleep terrors, melatonin, and more.
- These top 10 sleep tips covers the basics of helping your child get to sleep.
- See these ideas for everyday opportunities to build reading into your child’s day
- These tips for reluctant readers could help your child read more
- See if your child could write a poem with these easy poem types
- Find out more about how kids learn on the kidshealth website
- Look up activities relevant to your region on My Family Activities
- Teach your child to throw
- Teach your child to ride a bike
- Try out the All Right? Share the Love Generator!
- How about sending someone a compliment? Resources from All Right, including parenting guides, are all on their website
- See these 8 tips to help turn household chores into learning experiences for kids
- This article has some ways to encourage your kids to acts of kindness
- Sparklers has great activity ideas for kindness, including compliment posters, and kindness cards