Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

It’s Ok To Have A Blue Day

Hello Everybody!

Helen here, hope you are all well and have been out enjoying the sunshine on your daily walks and in your gardens. ☀

Today I thought I’d start by sharing one of my favourite stories with you called Lucy’s Blue Day by Christopher Duke. Lucy is a very special little girl who has magical hair which changes colour depending on how she is feeling. When she is happy, it turns purple, when she is angry, it turns red! This charming story is the tale of when Lucy wakes up and her hair is blue and she doesn’t understand  why! She soon learns that what she is feeling is sadness and that some days, it’s okay to feel sad.

You can find the link to Lucy”s story below

Managing our emotions is hard, whether your four or forty four! Teaching our children to recognise and manage their emotions and feelings is such an important job for us as teachers and parents.  There is no one way to help children understand their feelings, but it does take regular interactions to guide our children through the following stages of their emotional development:

  • Recognising emotions and feelings in themselves and others.
  • Recognising some physical and emotional responses they have to certain feelings.
  • Learning to share their emotions verbally.
  • Learning to deal with their overwhelming emotions in a safe way.
  • Learning to treat others with kindness and empathy.

During these challenging times I thought it might be helpful to share some ideas on how to support our children with some of the feelings they may find themselves overwhelmed with just now.

One strategy  to help reduce stress and worry is using yoga. I found these lovely yoga ideas for children  from the childhood101 website and have posted them below:

Another technique I find helpful when I’m feeling worried or stressed is using breathing techniques. Below I have included an example and the link to some other child friendly ones:

https://childhood101.com/download/28744/

Finally I found this lovely story read by Alistair Bryce-Clegg called Silly Billy written by Anthony Browne. It tells the story of a little boy called Billy who worries about absolutely everything until one day his Gran helps him to make some worry dolls…. At the end of the story, Alistair shares how you and your child can make your own worry dolls.

https://abcdoes.com/abc-does-a-blog/2020/03/31/abc-does-a-story-silly-billy-by-anthony-browne/

I hope you all have a lovely day, stay safe, and remember just like Lucy, it’s ok to have a blue day.

Preaching out to our loved ones to share how we are feeling and talking through our problems will help us feel better.

Love Helen xx

P.S The author  who wrote Lucy’s Blue Day has written s story specifically all about our current situation called Lucy’s in Lockdown. Here is a link to the story below :

 

 

 

 

 

Play dough Play

Who doesn’t love a bit of playdough play? It’s squishy, it’s squashy but most of all it’s fun!

During these challenging times playdough can be the  perfect play experience to calm your child from noisy play into quiet time,

Here are some other ways that playdough exploration can develop your child’s learning……

  • Develops Fine Motor Control- Before they learn to write, children need to develop their finger muscles, strength  and control. During playdough play, children will mould, flatten , squish pinch, break and roll the playdough, all the while developing finger muscles they need to help them hold a pencil correctly.
  • Develops vocabulary-As your child creates and explores with the playdough, they will form new ideas and concepts. Through  this process they will learn new words such as squeeze, roll, flatten etc as well as words describing what they are doing.
  • Encourages Creativity –Playdough is a blank canvas waiting to be moulded into  a unique  creation by your child. Exploring playdough will encourage your child’s creativity as they mould and create from an image they hold mentally into a masterpiece.
  • Numeracy Skills-Following a playdough recipe where your child will measure out the correct amount of ingredients is the perfect opportunity for them to develop their counting and measuring skills.

Playdough is very easy to make! Below I have included a link for some easy non cook playdough.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

Changing the texture or adding different smells to can enhance the sensory experience for your child. Here are some ideas…

Adding some herbs and spices

https://craftulate.com/homemade-herb-and-spice-play-dough/

Adding some shaving foam and corn starch to make some foam dough

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/05/foam-dough-shaving-cream-corn-starch/

Our children at Cart Mill love when we add different resources to their playdough to explore with. Here are some ‘playdough invitations’ to play…..

Adding different household objects to imprint into the playdough is a great way to explore pattern and texture.

 

Adding some nature to explore. Flowers have the added bonus of making your playdough smell nice!

Getting creative by adding marker pens….

As always please keep in mind any allergies your child has when  making additions to your playdough fun.

Please share with us any fun playdough experiences you have done via our twitter page.

Staying in and staying safe!

We are keeping ourselves busy, healthy and fit both indoors and outdoors.
In the morning we are working out with Joe Wicks PE sessions  (really a chance for my 3 children to laugh at me trying to get fit)

Getting out daily for a walk or bike ride, using the trampoline or shooting some Hoops with the basketball.

Jamie and I cut the grass yesterday another little work out!

In the nursery the children enjoy ‘Jump Start Johnny’, it’s available on you tube and are doing a work out for children and parents everyday.

We have birthday celebrations in our house today .
We decided to make Marc some very special birthday cards.
Looking forward to some cake later  🍰
Please stay at home and stay safe!

How Will Our Garden Grow?

Exciting times in the Cart Mill garden this week with the arrival of our new greenhouse. Michelle, Fiona and Val have been working to build this beautiful new addition to our outdoor space. Having somewhere to start our seedlings grow will provide so many wonderful experiences for the children at Cart Mill. Not only will it help explain the wonders of nature and life cycles, it will encourage children to care for and nurture their very own plants.
We have been eagerly waiting for our greenhouse for a few weeks and now the hard work begins. The shelves are up, the seed trays are ready. So, what will we plant first?

Has Spring Sprung?

It was positively springlike in the forest today. There were birds twittering in the trees and horses galloping in the field while the children explored in the sun. We found new trees to climb, developing our gross motor skills as well as developing resilience – “can we be brave and go higher?”
Snack was spent sitting in the sun, socialising with our friends and talking about what else we would like to do at the forest. We have been really lucky with the weather so far, long may it continue.

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