Conker is a chameleon who can’t change his colour like the others to show how he is feeling. He comes up with a plan to fit in but on his journey he discovers that it’s ok to be different and he can talk about how he is feeling instead. It is a gentle introduction into good mental health, how to over come disagreements and the benefits of talking about your feelings. It uses the zones of regulation to express feelings in colour. There are also carefully thought out activities on the back pages such as the self care scavenger hunt this is a really subtle introduction to encouraging self-regulation with suggestions such as:
· Hug someone you love (scientifically known to soothe, relax, reduce stress and trigger the release of oxytocin).
· Find something that comes from nature (being in nature, changing your focus helps to calm and re-regulate).
· Find something that makes you smile (smiling tricks your brain into releasing hormones such as dopamine serotonin and endorphins).
There are 10 self-care challenges in total to complete in the scavenger hunt that were designed to specifically either promote natural change to chemicals in your brain, incorporate the 5 steps to mental well-being or encourage mindfulness.