A simple but effective activity, just collect some stones and paint or draw a masterpiece or happy message on them. You can either keep them for yourself or why not hide them around your local area for other people to find and put a smile on their face!
This week the children who are still attending Fidgets will be doing this and the staff will hide them around the vineyard for local families to find! Let us know how many you see!
It's safe to say that a lot of parents are concerned with supporting their child's (and their own!) mental health during this time, perhaps more so than ever.
Below is a link to some amazing resources for supporting children and young people in coping and managing their feelings. There are downloads, apps, videos and books that can be accessed as well as resources specifically linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elder trees are growing all around the place at the minute and are easy to spot once you know what you are looking for.
Elder wood is great for crafts and below is a tutorial about making elder beads for necklaces and bracelets. The wood can also be used to make pencils and a whole variety of craft items, so see how creative you can be.
If anyone local to Fidgets wants some there is a large green elder tree in the nature garden in the orchard just off the car park so help yourself to a branch!
I don't know about you but we've always got excess cardboard boxes knocking around... here are some fun ideas to have a go at making at home with any spare boxes you have:
We have been collecting art from our children who are at home during the lockdown and displaying them outside the nursery, so that local children and families out on their daily walks can see them. We have also painted two big rainbows with the children who are still attending at the moment, one is on display at the main Vineyard entrance and one on the nursery gate, to say thank you to all the NHS staff and Key Workers who are out there working during this time!
Keep sending in your artwork for us to display!
Dyson have come up with 44 engineering challenges for children to tackle during lockdown, take a look here (although these are targeted at slightly older children there's lots of fun experiments to explore which younger children would enjoy too)...
On one of your daily walks or when you are exploring your garden, see what interesting leaves you can collect, see below for a leaf scavenger hunt you can follow if you would like to.
Once collected you can try leaf printing using paint, or leaf rubbings using crayons or colouring pencils to make an imprint of the leaf veins and shape. You could even try some leaf hammering like we have done in Forest School sessions using a piece of cotton on top of your leaves and flowers and see what patterns you can make.
Below are some online resources to support mark making from home:
Draw Together is an online art class by illustrator Wendy Mac. You can find her on Instagram where she is streaming live classes every day or catch up here:
Would highly recommend, even younger children can join in with you at home, so kick back for half an hour and enjoy!
Check out Picture Book Author Events Online for lots of live streaming tutorials from our favourite children's authors. Learn how to draw the ladybird from "What the ladybird heard" & more.
Happy mark making!
Inspired by one of our favourite story sacks, ‘Shaun the Shy Shark’ (see Tapestry for our own rendition of it!) why not try and make your own story sacks using your favourite stories and toys from home? You could also get really creative and design some finger or hand puppets. See below for a lots of different ways to make your own:
Another story telling method is The Helicopter Technique, which Our Pre-Schoolers love to join in with. This is where the children are encouraged to write their own short stories with the help of an adult and then everyone gets to act the stories out on a stage.
What story telling opportunities can you create at home? Can you make up your own tales and characters? Let us know what stories you come up with!