Everyone is talking about the current world problem – The dreaded Corona Virus, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the crazy shoppers who are taking all the toilet rolls off the supermarkets shelves like there’s no tomorrow!
There is some sense in buying some essential shopping items – in case you need to isolate yourselves for a few days if you experience the common symptoms such as cough, cold, flu accompanied with fever. Better to be safe than sorry… the one thing to take away from this post amongst the myriad of advice out there is…
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
A really nice way of getting your children to start telling imaginative stories is to simply ask them- ‘and then what happened?,’ other phrases to use are ‘where were you?,’ ‘who else was there?’ and so on…
Last night S told me a story about the time he was saving me from the tooth fairy who was stealing all my teeth; the tale was elaborate and became more exaggerated with all my extra questions
My 5 year old
Use family pictures of outings and scenery to prompt the conversation, in my experience young children love hearing about themselves and seeing themselves in situations they may not remember very well… they always insert themselves into scenes that were taken before they were born as well!
Have fun, talk to the kids! Enjoy the conversation and the subsequent journey your imagination goes on. An added bonus is that my children now prompt each other and I’ve noticed the older children use the same tricks to converse with the younger ones… once the stories have started they’ll develop them into more and more intricate scenarios -here’s a storyboard my 5 yo S made his sister M (15) as he was explaining his dinosaur story the other day:
You can even make food from different countries, find props from around the house, dim the lighting or sit with candles, just try to ignite their thought process and imagination; Have fun with it, let me know how it goes in the comments below!
Write 3-5 different colours on pieces of paper and then pick one colour each, You have to only eat food of your chosen colour for 24hours…
inspired by the current YouTube challenge
It was not easy!!
We chose the colours at night and then ate breakfast according to our colours jam on toast; orange; cereal and scrambled egg on toast (Yellow was the best colour here!)
We then headed to the supermarket
It was fun choosing all the food and deciding what each other was allowed M was very flexible with us (So we would be flexible with her later she said!) S and A enjoyed grabbing a lot of chocolate as they got Brown and granddad managed to pick up pears and avocado for his greens. We got home all excited and made our lunches.
After lunch Red decided that he wanted to make watermelon juice; Green and Pink got to have some too; but after that Orange (me) decided I had to have coffee so we slowly started to get ‘out’ – most of us failed when the chocolate came out for Brown!! so eventually the next morning Brown was crowned the winner… Play it with your kids and let us know how it went in the comments