Programme idea | Make a wellbeing box

Programme idea | Make a wellbeing box

27 February 2017


Studies have shown that older age groups, for example, Scouts or Explorers, are most likely to choose to address mental health issues through A Million Hands or community projects. So, if you'd like to engage our younger sections with mental health issues but aren't sure where to start, our A Million Hands charity partner SAMH has come up with some great activity ideas to include mental health as part of your programme.

Making a Wellbeing box can be a great way of looking at negative feelings young people might have and how to overcome them. This activity can also be adapted easily for the older sections as well.

Make a wellbeing box

A wellbeing box is a great tool for raising your mood – make one for yourself, or for a friend or family member.

Suitable for: Beavers and Cubs
Time needed: 30 minutes

How to do it

Find an empty shoe box and cover it with wrapping paper, fabric or posters – you can be as creative as you want and add glitter, buttons and stickers.

Next, choose the items to go in it. Make sure these are happy and relaxing things. Here’s some ideas to start you off, but remember it’s your box, so you can include anything you want:

Favourite book

Stuffed animal

Small blanket

Bath salts


Colouring in pencils and paper


Stress ball – why not try making your own?

Equipment needed

Shoe box

Wrapping paper, fabric or posters

Things to decorate with e.g. glitter, stickers, buttons

Coloured pens

Sticky tape or glue

Items to put in the box


This activity links with the following badges:

Creative Activity Badge (Beavers)

My Skills Challenge Badge (Beavers)

Our Skills Challenge Badge (Cubs)


Young people are able to identify when they are feeling down and know which items make them happy.


We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and it’s important we look after it. A wellbeing box is one way to make us feel better when we’re down, but what else helps?

Get involved

Send us your pictures of your section doing these activities or share your work on social media #communityimpact

Inspired to do more? Find out how to make a stress ball