1st Edition

Arriving Well Activity Book Therapeutic Activities to Support Kids Aged 6-12 who have Moved to a New Country

By Claire Holmes Copyright 2024
    44 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Moving from country to country is no small feat. This activity book is designed for use with children aged 6-12 to help those on the move to navigate the process of global transition smoothly. Based on the latest relocation and transition research, wellbeing boosting strategies are shared for transition and beyond.

    Children are introduced to mindful activities and are encouraged to use their creativity by annotating and illustrating the pages as they move through the book, allowing them to be an active participant in their move. Arriving Well Activity Book helps the child settle in their new place, to reflect on the move and understand that change is a part of life. Full of valuable strategies to boost wellbeing as they move forward, the text highlights top tips for settling in. The book normalises mixed feelings, helping the child to understand the process of transition and reflect on their sense of control. This book can be used effectively alongside:

    Leaving Well Activity Book which helps children to reflect on how they feel about the move, to remember other moves and understand that change is a part of life.

    Moving On Facilitator’s Guide which offers guidance notes and prompts to help bring out the best experience for the child and is designed to help the adult feel confident in their delivery and in responding to any questions. It contains key points to consider, examples of ‘what you could say’, as well as explains the theory behind the workbook activities.

    Acting as a tool for engagement, Arriving Well Activity Book will help children come to terms with the move and help adults support children through the arrival and settling in period.

    Top tip 1: Be Brave

    Top Tip 2: Be Approachable

    Top Tip 3: Keep Curious

    Top Tip 4: Be Yourself

    Top Tip 5: Be Kind

    Top Tip 6: Be Grateful

    Top Tip 7: Focus on your Strengths

    Top Tip 8: Remember Your Old Place

    Top Tip 9: Make your Bedroom a Haven

    Top Tip 10: Ask for Help


    Claire Holmes is Head of School Counselling at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore where she leads a team of counsellors who work across the whole school K-13. Claire’s counselling modality is strength-based, empowering others to access their own inner wisdom and knowing. Her practice incorporates expressive therapies, mindfulness, and solution-focused interventions. In her role, she teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to parents and staff.

    "The Moving On series gives all who work with children a powerful, practical tool to help them 'leave well so they can enter well.' As each book focuses on a particular stage of the moving process, children can find words and create images to express the often-paradoxical feelings any move can make. I highly recommend it!"

    Ruth E Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds.