Make your own Rainbow
Colour, paint, cut and stick, print...the options are endless
Create a rainbow and stick it on your windows, to spread this beautiful message:
"After every storm, comes a rainbow!"
This activity is suitable to all ages: Caterpillars could use paints, we all know, the messier the better.
Cocoons could be challenged to cut out pieces of coloured paper and stick them in the rainbow pattern.
While the Butterflies could do some beautiful colouring.
Share your rainbows with Dee's Childcare once you do them
We'd love to see them on our Parents Forum WhatsApp Group.
Daily Walk- Scavenger Hunt
As per government guidance, we are allowed to go out for a daily walk/form or exercise. Please make sure you follow the rules.
Fresh air and a bit of sunshine can make the difference to our day.
If you do go out for a walk, make the most of it and turn it into a scavenger hunt.
You could try and spot rainbows in windowsills or create a list of things to find. Don't overthink, it could be as simple as : a stick, a leaf, a dog, a car and so on.
For the younger children you could draw simple representations of the things they need to find and for the older ones you could add some extra elements such as describing the items and let them use their imaginations.
It's really a piece of paper with some small challenges that could make a walk so much more interesting and make you forget about everything else.
"I'm bored" might be something you hear often these days from the children.
Without putting to much pressure on yourself, having a routine might help you and your children get through the day with a sense of accomplishment.
At the same time, don't be too stressed about them being bored. Let them be. You'll see that in minutes they will find something to do/play independently.
Here are some fun ideas you could try and incorporate in your daily routine:
P.E. with Joe, every morning Monday-Friday live on You Tube at 9.00am
He does really fun, energising 20 minutes P.E. sessions and all the family can get involved. Plus is for a good cause- he is donating all the revenue to the NHS. He announced on Monday, 20th April, that a total amount of £91,256.38 was raised from the 20 workouts he's done so far.
Cosmic Kids Yoga with Jaime is a You Tube Channel that turns stories and movies into yoga sessions. So while your children will be listening to a story, they will be relaxing and doing some yoga moves along Jaime. It's brilliant!
BBC Bite Size is an invaluable resource you can easily access for school work. It's very simple and it's got lessons for every age and stage.Beginning Monday 20th April, BBC Bite Size announced they will publish daily online lessons, have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational videos on iPlayer.
101 Videos on the National Geographic You Tube Channel- 5 minute short educational videos on different subjects ranging from rockets, dinasours, volcanoes to solar systems, wild animals and tornadoes.
Audible stories- Amazon announced that they cancelled the subscription fee of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages. Kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
Lingotot Online Classes with Sarah- there are classes everyday for all ages and stages in French, Spanish and German. Do have a look on her website and give it a try.
Be kind to yourself
Let's talk about the elephant in the room...yep, the big bad virus that has turned our lives upside down. There's no hiding, we are living some very difficult times. But, try to look at the positives too. The biggest one being able to spend so much time with your children. The mantra here, is, do not put too much pressure on yourself. Homeschooling can be overwhelming but remember, life skills are as important as school work. Turn a baking session into a maths lesson, with measuring quantities, counting and filling/emptying containers. Add a little science...explain how baking powder works.Let the children taste the safe ingredients and describe the taste. Learning can be done as you go about your daily life so don't feel guilty if you haven't sat down to do worksheets.
As much as you try your best with your chidren, it's equally important to look after yourself. So if you feel a bit sad and anxious, take five minutes. It's okay to feel all these emotions, acknowledge them and try these tips to relax yourself
Managing anxiety in children during coronavirus
Dr. Shruti Nathwani is a paediatrician in an NHS hospital and has some wonderful tips on her Instagram account @thechildrensmedic about how to manage anxiety in children. Here's her advice:
- Structure: with nurseries and schools being closed it may be difficult to keep to routine. Children thrive off routine as it gives them a sense of stability and security.Try to create your own flexible ROUTINE with a degree of consistency. Most importantly slow down and set goals that are appropriate for your family environment.
- Talk: Keep the floor open for discussion. Explain what's going on on THEIR LEVEL and be as open and honest as possible. Tell your child as much as you think they need to know without worrying them further.Check in and ask about feelings. Reassure your child that is okay to be worried, anxious or scared.Talk about ways to help your child feel calm. Reflect on the situation and talk about the future.
- Exercise: Family exercise time is a positive bonding experience. Give your child the option to decide what activity they would like to do. Exercise is also great to expel energy that could otherwise be spent worrying. Fresh air lifts our mood and helps clear our minds.
- Choice: As much as children need routine they also desire options. Positive play ideas include painting, reading and cooking. Get them involved in meal times and deciding what to cook and eat.
- Sleep: Poor sleep can increase anxiety. Children benefit from positive sleep habits including winding down before bedtime with a similar routine each night. This could include a bath and bedtime story. Try and stick to their usual bedtime and wake up times so that they are obtaining a sufficient amount of sleep.
- Positivity: Try and keep the environment at home as positive as possible and model calmness. If you're struggling as a parent please seek help and use pointers above for yourself. Children feed off an environment and can sense heightened emotions. Try and stay connected and social by scheduling in calls with family members and friends.
Build on the previous tips by introducing a quick but effective activity into your daily routine...a gratitude jar. Make it your mission to sit down with your children and reflect on your day. Then everyone can write on a piece of paper what they are grateful for that day. Encourage some language development by starting with: Today I'm thankful for....I really appreciate...I felt joyful today when....My favourite part was...Today I show my gratitude by....
If you like, you could change the jar around and make it into what things will you do as a family after the lockdown: places you'll visit, favourite restaurants, holidays...
You all know how the allotment is our happy place. Springtime is very busy for us at the allotment. The children had started some seedlings in the greenhouse previous to the lockdown and auntie Decima has managed to plant them out and look after the allotment as much as she is allowed to. But it misses the vivacity of the children and will definitely look different than the years before.
Created with an image by Sean Sinclair - "untitled image"