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February Already!!!!

So, It’s February already!! We have survived 4 weeks of Lockdown #3 and hopefully you are all keeping well. We know it’s tough!

January was busy at Nanny Scout with several

roles filled and a new branch launched

covering The Cotswolds.

February starts with Children’s Mental Health week with the theme Express Yourself.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is the patron.

“This year’s Children’s Mental Health week is all about expressing yourself – about finding creative ways in which

to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings… its finding those things that make you feel good about yourself” Her Royal Highness said.

There are a couple of sites with some great resources for you to use.

It is also National Story Telling Week from 30th Jan – 7th Feb.

Again Twinkl have some great resources.

They’re amazing aren’t they!!

Take a look at the Book Trust website for some tips from author Michael Harvey on how to become a story teller.

What was your favourite story as a child?

Mine was Peepo by Janet and Allen Alberg and I still love reading it to children now.

As an adult I love Crime and Murder Mystery books. Currently I’m reading The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman of Pointless fame.

What are you reading?

During February we also have several other things that can provide some great activities to do with the children in your care.

Starting with Chinese New Year on the 12th February.

2021 is the Year of the Ox. . The Chinese zodiac calendar has a cycle of 12 years. Each year a Chinese zodiac animal is the symbol for the year.

The 12 Chinese zodiac animals are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

Which year were you born in?

The zodiac signs are said to show certain characteristics.

Do you have the ones for your animal?

Red Ted has a great selection of craft activities.

Why not make some Chinese food?

Dumplings are traditionally eaten during the festivities. A popular food is long noodles that symbolise good fortune as well as a long life.

Or, order a Takeaway for dinner!

Shrove Tuesday is next on 16th February.

This is the start of Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter which is 4th April this year. Here's hoping we won't be in Lockdown then!!

Whos going to be making Pancakes?

100g Plain Flour

2 Large Eggs

300ml of Milk

Whisk together and have fun cooking.

What are your favourite toppings?

Valentines Day on the 14th follows swiftly afterwards.

Have fun making cards, pictures and gifts. ]

Hobbycraft have a selction of great ideas and you can also order any materials you may need.

Last but not least it's International Polar Bear Day on 27th February.

You can learn about Polar Bears from the WWF and they also have a couple of activity ideas.

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