Themed Idea

Keeping the Blues away during lockdown

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Activity Slideshow

Here are the lyrics and some learning ideas to go with the song.

Click the arrows to browse through the slides. Watch in full-screen mode by clicking on the first slide and then selecting the full screen mode icon.

Slide 1: Read through the lyrics – notice the pattern of the song and where the activity words change.

Slide 2: Talk about and choose 6 Regulation activities or strategies that could help you feel better if you get the Lockdown Blues.

Slide 3: Some Regulation Strategy symbols

Slide 4: An alternative set of song lyrics written by someone who finds it helpful to read, run and chill when they’re feeling blue.

Slide 5: We remind you that feel good-triggers can also be helpful regulation strategies.



Fischy Music Online Assembly

During the last Lockdown our friends at Fischy Music led us all on a sing-along assembly to keep us all smiling, singing and moving for half an hour each week.
In their Week 2 Assembly Suzanne and Margaret teach the words and actions for their ‘Keep the Blues Away’ song at 7 minutes, and then help us sing the whole song through with the music at 9 minutes 20s. 
You can find more Fischy Music assemblies on their Youtube channel playlist featuring lots more songs and musical activities to enjoy.

Sing and share at your own virtual assembly

We know your school assemblies haven’t been the same recently, with no big gatherings allowed and no singing, which we think is a really sad thing.

But maybe this can be a time to sing again if your school is planning virtual assemblies during lockdown because we’re allowed to sing at home – hooray! Maybe some of you might feel brave enough to perform your own version of the song live or on video and send it to your teacher to share. Don’t forget to add some actions to go with your words  so everyone can join in from home too.


Browse all ideas by scrolling down the page, or click a button to go directly to your level

Nursery and Lower Primary


Use socks to spell out words for feeling blue

Can you think of 5 other emotion words that are similar to the feeling ‘blue’. Check with a parent how to spell your 5 words and ask them to write them down for you, or write them yourself.

Gather a collection of socks and use them to spell out the words. Don’t forget to pair the socks and put them away again once you’ve finished!

What other items could you use to make big words on the floor?

Blue Cog Flower

Draw around something round to make a circle on thin card or paper. Add cog teeth on the outside before cutting out, or leave as a smooth circle if you prefer. Draw and cut out petal shapes and write or draw a regulation activity on each one. Stick on your petals with glue or tape, or just lay around the outside. Use your flower to help you choose something when you’re feeling down, fed-up or blue.

Who else in your family might like to have a blue cog flower too?

Gratitude Sun

Here’s an idea to help you think about your own feel-good triggers. When we think about or do things that make us happy we’re more likely to stay in a good mood and keep the blues away. Being thankful about these things is called ‘gratitude’.

Think about what you’re grateful for and make a gratitude sun for yourself and someone else you know.

Talk about a gratitude-a-day at tea time with your family during Lockdown.

Middle Primary


'Blue' object art

Search for objects in your home that are blue. Gather together a selection that you could use to spell out the word ‘blue’.

Next write synonyms and stretch words that have similar meanings to add to your object art.

Trick question: Can you explain to your parent or teacher why this piece of work is an Orange Cog task??

Build a bridge over some troubled waters

Use this artwork as inspiration to set up a scene in your living room with some ‘troubled waters’ and a bridge over the top. Put your words for feeling blue in the water area. Will you use furniture or junk modelling for each side of your bridge? Do you have building blocks or books you could use? Maybe lego? Think about a regulation strategy or a feel-good trigger for each brick or part of your bridge.

Zoom-call a friend in your class to show them your bridge and troubled water creation or send a photo to your teacher.

Gratitude Graph

Interview each person you live with or telephone friends or grandparents. Ask everyone to name as many things they can think of that they were grateful for yesterday. In other words – how many feel-good triggers did they have in a day?

Plot the results on a pictograph or bar chart.

Did the people who reported the most gratitudes seem in a better mood?

Upper Primary


Blue triggers and ratings

Create a similar diagram as the ones shown above, using the word ‘blue’, ‘down’ or ‘fed-up’ at the center, or another word with a similar meaning.

Add 10 triggers around the ouside for your chosen feeling. To add some Grey Cog learning into this task, add a rating from 0-10 for how intensely blue, down or fed-up each trigger would affect you.

Now, to cheer yourself up, do the same for a positive emotion!

3D Emotional Coronacoaster

Can you create a 3D Coronacoaster? Add emotion words to show the different feelings you experienced in 2020. Choose where to put words for positive and negative feelings and moods. Would ‘low’ be in a low place and ‘high’ up high? Or will your words go in the order of your journey through the year?

If you search up ‘Rollercoater STEM activity’ you can browse some science & technology ideas for making a 3D rollercoaster, then you can figure out how to add your emotion words.

Bridge Over Troubled Water song lyrics

Search on Youtube for a version of this song that you like. There are lots to choose from.

Look up the lyrics and read through with ‘Coggles’ on. Can you spot

  • any emotion words (orange cog)
  • any sensation words (red cog)
  • references to emotional behaviours (green cog)
  • emotion triggers or life circumstances (yellow or purple cog)

The main message in the song is a blue cog message. What is the supportive strategy that is being offered?

Write out the lyrics with coloured references to the Emotion Cogs.


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