Today’s Activities

You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations! 

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Keep it simple Day

Hi, my name is Natalie Reeves Billing, and I’m a children’s author. My latest book, Ben and the Bug, is all about Covid-19 and how to stay happy and safe. I have also written books about pesky little monsters. Today, it’s Simplicity Day, and we will be looking at how to have fun without the gadgets, gizmos and chaos. Let’s do it like its 1851! Here’s what we are going to be up to today…

 

  1. Throwing our teddies a little picnic and solving a maths problem, too.

  2. Earning some elf leaf money at the Elf Shop

  3. Playing a game of frisbee or catch

  4. Collecting sticks and using our imagination

  5. Reading a nice bedtime called, ‘A Simply Perfect Sunday’ written especially for today. 

 

Simplicity Day is a time to celebrate the peaceful things in life. The slower, quieter stuff. By having some time without distractions, we can explore the beauty of our amazing world, and the joy of family and friends. Make sure you save some time each month for peace and quiet.

9.30am Activity:
Teddy Bears Picnic

Get a big pile of teddies and divide them equally between your family and friends. 

 

By doing this, we can discover some interesting maths things, like what half of numbers are, and what happens when we have an uneven number of teddies (There’s one left at the end!!! Who will have that one?) 

 

Teddies love a good picnic, so have fun discovering half of 4,6,8 and 10. 

 

If you’re feeling really adventurous, try it out with 5,7,9 and 11 teddies! Ask your parents or guardians to talk about odd and even numbers.

10.30am Activity:
Frisbee/ Catch

Frisbee and catch are games we can play if we still need to keep our distance from friends and family due to that pesky virus. 

 

Have fun throwing back and forth, try overarm and under arm throws with a ball, and try some cool tricks with a frisbee. 

1:30pm Activity:
Pick up Sticks

Collect sticks in the garden or in the local park, of all shapes and sizes. Make a big pile. 

 

What trees did they come from? Are they evergreen or deciduous?

 

What can the sticks be? Use your imagination. A walking stick? A hammer? A pen? 

 

You can make cool pictures on the ground using sticks. Or even a cool stick den if you are feeling very adventurous.

2:30pm Activity:
Elf Shop

Well done! You’ve had a busy day. 

Now, it’s time to make some elf money, and buy nice things at the Elf Shop. 

 

Ask your adult to make a menu? What can you serve? What can you sell? Leaves make great money notes, and stones make great coins. You can set it up on the floor, on the bottom stair, or even on the kitchen table. If it’s a nice day, you may want to do it outside. The choice is yours. Experiment.

If you've finished these and still have time for fun...
Story time:
A Simply Perfect Sunday
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