CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

  • Faye’s Feelings Rainbow Talking about feelings can be difficult and recently our team member Becky’s 6 year old daughter created a new way for children and parents to start a conversation.  The ‘Feelings Rainbow’ is a spectrum of coloured rings which radiates out from the centre and indicates feeling ‘Happy,’ through to ‘Sad, Worried, Annoyed and Angry’.  

    If you know someone else who might like to make their own Feelings Rainbow, then we’ve created a printable file from Faye’s original designs to inspire them to give it a go. You can download or print it here: Faye’s Feeling Rainbows

    Read here: Becky’s blog to find out how the feelings rainbow has helped them.

    A Feelings Rainbow is a useful tool when it's hard to talk about how we feel.

  • Sharing Storytime with loved ones. Suffolk Libraries in partnership with Featherbed Tales have launched a new digital story sharing service. Children can record a story and share it with grandparents and loved ones as it is a wonderful way to stay connected with family members. Find out more at the Suffolk Libraries website.

    Feartherbed Tales Suffolk Libraries Storytime from anywhere image

  • Teaching through Nature is an educational resource from the Alderney Wildlife Trust and See Nature, to bring nature into he classroom. Follow the seabird season with LIVE streaming webcams from the heart of the bird colonies. Using multiple webcams which offer views of the puffins and gannets. You can get a real insight into the lives and habits of these amazing birds.

    Aldeney wildlife Trust Gannet Webcam Image

  • Indoor or Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. It’s wonderful in this time of separation that our communities are doing so much sharing, to try to keep everyone connected, and to help people they may not have met, who are dealing with the same circumstances. This idea was shared to a local community Facebook page, by a parent who’s teacher had offered it as an activity to their pupils. #passiton !

    image showing list of items to find for an indoor and an outdoor scavenger hunt

  • Free fun activities for children  The Book Trust Home Time has loads of fun puzzles, colouring sheets and lots of creative inspiration that you can download and print out for children to enjoy. View all the activities on the Book Trust website.

    Book Trust Home Time

  • Get young ones involved in RSPB Giving Nature a Home. Badges can be earned by completing an activity from 6 different categories. Some activities may only take an hour, but they all add up to make a big difference. You could be helping the RSPB to collect important data, or even end up being the warden of your own mini reserve.

  • Window Displays are a great idea to send a message of cheer to anyone on their daily exercise in fresh air. Some are placing teddy bears in windows to create a ‘bear hunt’. Perhaps your volunteers community group can co-ordinate a neighbourhood one? Neighbours could place displays based on a theme in their windows on certain days, and then parents with children on a walk could see how many they can find. On St Patrick’s Day a  Shamrock Trail was organised in Ottawa. There are also messages of positivity and support going up in windows and on fences, many thanking the NHS, so why not add your own to cheer someone up?

    collage of photos showing paintings of rainbows placed in windows and on fences

    Paintings of Rainbows in windows and on fences to raise a smile and show support. This fence painting found in Kesgrave Community Group, photo by Jennifer Pearson.

  • Free online project for children aged 9 – 11 who would like to get creative and learn new skills, including film, music, art, radio, photography and poetry.  The South Street Kids Online Project is broadcast via Zoom every Saturday morning from 9th January 2021.  For more information on the project and how you can take part, contact 01473 852552 or email laura@ipswichcm.org.uk 

    The South Street Kids Online Project Promo

  • The Scouts Association has pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Whilst they normally love the great outdoors they are experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, so offer these suggestions to keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

    digital poster of illustration of childrens play/activity items to advertise the UK Scout Association's Great Indoors promotion

  • Maths and movement, educational play idea (from Suffolk residents Katie & Evie). When the sun is shining – why work indoors when you can play out in the garden! You just need chalk, a patio/path and an old bottle out of your recycling bin. A ketchup one or a shower gel one has a satisfying squirt!  The rules are simple, write numbers on the ground in chalk (right and wrong answers), give them the equation and they have to work it out, find and squirt the right answer away with water. Lots of fun, so much so that they ask for more questions! You’re also incorporating physical movement and building up the muscles in the hand by squeezing the bottle. Extend it and used it for literacy too, finding and squirting adjectives and nouns. Grab a bottle and go have some fun!

    four images of child playing outdoor maths game with squirty water bottle and chalked numbers on the ground

  • World Book Day Rap written by MC Grammar who is award-winning teacher and rapper, Jacob Mitchell, well known for his videos of rapping to children’s books.  Although World Book Day has passed you can still listen to the song written to inspire children to have a love of books and reading and watch the accompanying video available to view on the World Book Day YouTube channel.

    World Book Day 2021 Song Image

  • J.K Rowling’s The Ickabog. Published for free on The Ickabog website and released in instalments, a few chapters at a time, the new children’s story from J.K Rowling isn’t Harry Potter, and doesn’t include magic! Visit the website to read already published chapters and catch the latest ones as they are released. To add to the excitement, Rowling is asking that children reading the story illustrate it for her! Every day, she’ll be making suggestions for what you might like to draw & you can enter the official competition for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year. More info on The Ickabog Facebook Page and upload your artwork to Twitter using #TheIckabog so that J.K Rowling can see it!

    The Ickabog title. by J.K. Rowling

  • Family support resource pack from Suffolk Parent Careers Network. This regularly updated support pack will have advice on how to talk to children and young people about coronavirus as well as strategies to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing. There’s also an information pack with links to education, health and care services intended as a trusted source of information for parents and carers about Covid-19 (Coronavirus). The ‘packs’ are in PDF format so can be downloaded to your device, but printed copies can be requested.

  • Talking to your child about coronovirus. Children look to adults in their life for comfort when they are distressed, and will take a lead on how to view things from you. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers, but it is better to have a gentle conversation to reassure your child that they can talk to you so they don’t feel like they’re on their own. YoungMinds.org.uk have some conversation starter suggestions and tips on how to contain any fears of anxieties your child may have about coronavirus. They have an A-Z Parents Guide to Support on their website, and a Parents Helpine if you need to chat to someone. More info and posts on their Facebook Page.

    poster from YoundMinds.org.uk with conversation starter suggestions on how to talk to children about coronavirus

  • Homeschooling without the stress. Happiful (as recommended by Wellbeing Norfolk and Suffolk) have compiled advice by leading experts on ways to keep children engaged and educated through fun, day-to-day activities, that will relieve some of the pressure during this difficult time. Also available is Starline, a Government backed helpline open 6 days a week, and website, providing home learning advice direct from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts

    image showing children engaged in board game with Happiful logo above and Starline logo below

  • Help with Home Schooling  The BBC have made a series of programmes and resources available to help parents and children of all ages with learning at home.  View the full list of Bitesize programmes available from the BBC.

    BBC Bitesize Lockdown Leaning

  • A FREE digital book explaining the coronavirus, for primary school aged children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. The book can be read online or printed out, and explains all about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.

    Front cover image of 'Coronavirus, A book for children' illustrated by Axel Scheffler

  • Set a 30 day Lego Challenge! Just two rules: use your imagination, and HAVE FUN!

    image listing 30 days worth of lego building ideas

  • Listening Books, is a small audiobook charity. It offers its Sound Learning library of audiobooks, supporting the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level, providing set texts and study guides. They also have a Downloadable audiobook library,  ideal for those who might struggle to read or hold a book due to illness, disability, learning or mental health difficulty, and a selection of Read-a-long titles for younger members: picture based e-books that appear with the audio narration, so younger members can follow the text as the story is read.

    Listening Books website image

  • 60 Daily Kindness Tasks. Students from Whitefield School, in Barnet, North West London have been enjoying engaging with these daily tasks by Cre8tiveResources, (who offer free teaching resources to students all over the world) to show that #KindnessMatters as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. It’s as important to show kindness to ourselves as well as to others, and to look after our own wellbeing too. You could try these at home yourselves.

    chart of 30 daily kindness tasks to practise from Cre8tive Resourceschart of 30 daily kindness tasks to practise from Cre8tive Resources