Any parent or teacher who knows the brilliant book Peace at Last by Jill Murphy will feel in sympathy with Daddy Bear as we struggle to find any peace during lockdown. The timeless story of how Daddy Bear goes in search of a quiet place to sleep has been around on bookshelves and in classrooms for forty years now. It’s a brilliant story for using in Early Years to teach the differences between day and night, looking at nocturnal animals, talking about routines and even talking about how worries and fears can keep children awake at night.
I’ve created a 12 page downloadable print at home activity book which is styled like a picture book. I make my activity books with full colour pages – I don’t know about you but I think kids deserve better than the standard photocopiable worksheets that are widely available on download sites. If we want kids to enjoy learning then we should present them with stuff that looks fantastic – the picture book styling though it uses a little more ink is worth it to ensure they love seeing and completing the activity books. By laminating the games and worksheet you can also revisit them time and again.
If you don’t have a copy of Peace at Last you can get one here – we’ve teamed up with Waterstonesand if you choose to buy through this link I will receive a small commission which will go towards the cost of creating more
I’m making the Activities Inspired by Peace at Last Activity book FREE to download as an introduction to my books and a way of helping parents and teachers during lockdown – usual price is £3.50.
I have reduced absolutely everything on the site until lockdown is over as a further way of thanking parents and teachers for all they are doing. Please spread the word about the website and resources – come back and add a review if you have time. We are on Facebook and Instagram too. I only launched right before lockdown and your support is so valued at this tricky time. Don’t forget to have a look our other books in the shop
With lockdown continuing and schools sending lots of academic work home (even for little ones by all accounts) I know parents are still looking for ideas for fun stuff to do with their kids. The creative curriculum is all too easily pushed out during the school timetable, so lockdown is a really good chance to spend time doing all the activities that get missed when classrooms are open. I’m hoping that parents are being given the same message that I’ve had from my son’s school that the expectation isn’t that every single bit of work that is sent home is completed! The wellbeing of children is the most important thing throughout lockdown and getting creative can be a real boost to the mental health of kids and parents alike.
For this post we’ve teamed up with Baker Ross to tell you about a brilliant monthly Craft-It! Box which you can get on subscription delivered to your door. It is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 9 years of age. It can be really difficult to get hold of craft supplies at the moment with our limited ability to go out, so this is a great solution.
I don’t know about you but I can get a little overwhelmed with the huge amount of ideas and projects out there, there are so many – so this ready made kit appeals! The craft boxes have been really well thought through, with two craft packs, an activity book, and stickers.
A lovely touch is the fact the box will arrive addressed to your child – what a way to brighten their lockdown day!
As well as the subscription box the Baker Ross website is packed full of art and craft supplies and there is also a brilliant resource bank for parents and teachers full of ideas for even more creative activities. Their products are used by lots of schools, childminders and parents as they are of really good price and quality. Here’s some little sewing projects I made with some Key Stage 2 children with felt from their website. Be warned though – if you love browsing online you could lose yourself in their website for hours!
If you click through to Baker Ross from this blog post Educompendium will receive a small amount which we will put towards creating more resources to see you through lockdown.