Sammy the Sea Squirt storybook
Our Head of Education, Ezra Hewing has written a fun, psychologically informed storybook, showing the benefits of exercise on mental health. It’s called Sammy the Sea Squirt, and every Reception aged child (four-to-five-year-olds) in Suffolk is receiving a copy. We want to teach children at a young age how to look after their mental health, which is extremely important, especially at the moment.
It’s with a huge thank you to the amazing Suffolk community that we were able to publish more than 8,000 books to give to every reception aged child in Suffolk.
Our Sammy the Sea Squirt book was shortlisted at the 2021 Active Suffolk Awards.
Win a copy of Sammy the Sea Squirt by entering our drawing competition!
We launched our Sammy the Sea Squirt drawing competition where we want you to draw an exciting, colourful Sammy.
Entries are open to all primary school aged children. All you need to do is draw your Sammy, and get your adult to send a picture of it to [email protected] with the artists name, age, their adults name and phone number.
Get your drawings to us by Tuesday 4th January 2022 to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Sammy the Sea Squirt.
For some extra help, you can download our Sammy the Sea Squirt colouring template here.
Keep your brain and body healthy and happy with our festive activities
Over the festive break, lots of us will enjoying having some relaxing time watching Christmas specials on the television, playing new video games and enjoying time with no routines or school to dash out to. This is great for a change in schedule and to wind down after a busy term, but as with lots of things in our lives, we need to keep a healthy balance of relaxation with activity.
Did you know, if we stay still for a long period or time, our brain recognises this and it slows down our responses and our ability to feel well and able to cope with challenges?
It can leave us feeling grumpy and bored. We need to move our bodies to burn off stress hormones and give us endorphins, which come with feeling good!
To keep your mind and body active and healthy over the break, download our Christmas movement ideas.
You can now purchase a copy of Sammy the Sea Squirt
Our Sammy the Sea Squirt book is now available to purchase.
Do you want to invite Sammy into your school?
We have created an exciting teaching session where children can learn more about the link between movement and mental health. Our qualified trainer could visit your school to tell the Sammy the Sea Squirt story, and put the learning into practice.
To purchase this session, contact our schools team: [email protected]
More resources for young people
We have created a number of resources for schools and young people to learn about the benefits of exercise on their mental health. They link to the school curriculum to help your young people to learn more. Click here to access these resources.
You can also move like Sammy and friends by following Louise in this video
How can the story of Sammy the Sea Squirt help?
Our story is based around the character Sammy the Sea Squirt – they learn that moving helps with memory and emotions while meeting other ocean friends along the way.
Sammy is an inspiring character who moves to keep their brain healthy. Sammy helps children understand the importance of being active at an early age, in an age-appropriate and engaging way. The story also equips parents and carers with a way to encourage their children to make positive changes to their level of movement to help maintain good mental health.
We want Sammy to encourage children and families to get more physically active, play more and help their brains develop.
Figures show that 35% of children and young people said their mental health has got worse during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We want to ensure children learn the skills to look after their mental health from a young age, to help them to become more resilient as they get into adulthood. Reading Sammy the Sea Squirt will make the link between movement and mental health a life long habit.
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You can still help…
We’ve reached our target to publish more than 8,000 books to give to every Reception aged child in Suffolk, but if you’d still like to support our campaign, we will ensure more children receive our Sammy the Sea Squirt book.
If you would like to make a bank transfer, our details are as follows:
Please use the reference: Sammy the Sea Squirt
Account Name: Suffolk Mind Ltd
Sort Code: 20-44-51
Account Number: 60293679
Bank: Barclays Bank Ipswich
Did you know that 50% of young people in England do not meet recommended weekly levels of physical activity? Did you also know that this has a direct link on your child’s mental health?
For more information or to contact the project team directly, please email [email protected].