Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun
Whether you're heading to the beach, playing in the park or out in your own back garden, it's really important to think about sun protection for your children. Follow our tips on sun safety for children and make sure everyone enjoys the sunshine safely when you're out and about.
How to keep kids safe in the sun
It's a good idea to keep children in the shade in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest - try and get into the habit of heading indoors between 11am and 3pm, or use a parasol or a play tent to provide some shade.
Make sure your child wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin - use plenty, and don't forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks and the tops of their feet. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection.
Try and put sun cream on your child at least half an hour before heading out to play - remember that you'll need to put more on throughout the day, especially if they've been swimming or paddling.
It's a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they're out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage your child to follow suit - and hats with chinstraps can be very useful if your child likes removing their hat!
Give your child access to water throughout the day, especially in warm weather. Encourage them to drink regularly - particularly when they've been running around.
KEEP SAFE, HEALTHY AND HAPPY.
KEEPING HEALTHY AND HAPPY
Fun Mindfulness Activities and Exercises for Children
Let’s start with these simple ways to get children to understand their bodies. At a young age, children are naturally curious about the strength and flexibility of their bodies. It’s a great age to introduce body-mind awareness as a great way to take care of yourself.
One easy way for children to be introduced into mindfulness is through body poses. To get your children excited, tell them that doing fun poses can help them feel strong, brave, and happy.
Have the children go somewhere quiet and familiar, a place they feel safe. Next, tell them to try one of the following poses:
Ask the children how they feel after a few rounds of trying either of these poses. You may be surprised.
While on the subject of superheroes, this can be a related “next step” to teach children how to stay present.
Ask your children to turn-on their “Spidey senses,” or the super-focused senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch that Spiderman uses to keep tabs on the world around him. This will encourage them to pause and focus their attention on the present, opening their awareness to the information their senses bring.
This is a classic mindfulness exercise and encourages observation and curiosity—great skills for anyone to practice.
The Mindful Jar
This activity can teach children how strong emotions can take hold, and how to find peace when these strong emotions feel overwhelming.
“Imagine that the glitter is like your thoughts when you’re stressed, mad or upset. See how they whirl around and make it really hard to see clearly? That’s why it’s so easy to make silly decisions when you’re upset – because you’re not thinking clearly. Don’t worry this is normal and it happens to all of us (yep, grownups too).
[Now put the jar down in front of them.]
Now watch what happens when you’re still for a couple of moments. Keep watching. See how the glitter starts to settle and the water clears? Your mind works the same way. When you’re calm for a little while, your thoughts start to settle and you start to see things much clearer. Deep breaths during this calming process can help us settle when we feel a lot of emotions.
This exercise not only helps children learn about how their emotions can cloud their thoughts, but it also helps with the practice of mindfulness while focusing on the swirling glitter in the jar.
Ask the children to focus on one emotion at a time, such as anger, and discuss how the shaken mixture then settling glitter is like that emotion.
The Safari exercise is a great way to help children learn mindfulness. This activity turns an average, everyday walk into an exciting new adventure and helps with awareness and grounding.
Tell your children that you will be going on a safari: their goal is to notice as many birds, bugs, creepy-crawlies, and any other animals as they can. Anything that walks, crawls, swims, or flies is of interest, and they’ll need to focus all of their senses to find them, especially the little ones. This simple exercise
Hope you have fun doing these activities.
GRATITUDE AND RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Now that things are starting to get back to some kind of normality hopefully we can look back with gratitude and think about being kind to others. Some of us may have had deal with difficult situations over the past few months and hopefully by helping others we can begin to heal and feel better ourselves.
We should all try to encourage kindness to family members, friends or strangers, random acts of kindness can come in all different forms and sizes! Look at the list below and decide what you could do;
By Gemma Peacock
The history books will talk of now,
That time the world stood still.
When every family stayed at home,
Waved out from windowsills-
At those they loved but could not hold,
Because they loved them so.
Yet, whilst they did they noticed all the flowers start to grow.
The sun came out, they can recall,
And windows, rainbows filled.
They kicked a football in their yards,
Until the night drew in.
They walked each day but not too close,
That time the world stood still.
When people walked straight down the roads,
That once the cars did fill.
They saw that people became ill,
They knew the world was scared.
But whilst the world stood still they saw,
How much the whole world cared.
They clapped on Thursdays from their doors,
They cheered for the brave.
For people who would risk their lives,
So others could be saved.
The schools closed down, they missed their friends,
They missed their teachers so.
Their Mum’s and Dad’s helped with their work,
They helped their minds to grow.
The parents used to worry that,
As schools were put on hold,
Their children wouldn’t have the tools,
They’d need as they grew old.
But history books will talk of them,
Now adults, fully grown.
Those little boys and girls back then,
The ones who stayed at home.
They’ll tell you that they fixed this world,
Of all they would fulfil.
The RAINBOW children building dreams,
They’d dreamed whilst time stood still
I hope you are all keeping well.
This week I would like to share a link for you to read some Happy News.
Every day in the news we hear about Corona virus but there are many good things happening in our world also. Every single day there are people helping others and doing incredible things in all corners of the planet and the majority of them aren't celebrated.
The link I have chosen for you to look at is from CBBC Happy News. You will read about our everyday heroes and learn many interesting and exciting facts. These articles will give you a refreshing twist on what we usually know as ‘news’, bringing you happy and positive news.
Hope you enjoy this.
CBBC Newsround – Happy News link
Keeping Safe, Happy and Healthy on line
Children will inevitably be spending a lot more time online and on their devices, here are some top tips for parents/carers to keep children safe online during school closure.
Please click on the link below to view a poster of top tips for keeping safe on line.
You will also remember that you learned about how to keep yourself safe on line in our E-safety lessons in school.
Exercise at home
Children need to be active for 60 minutes a day.
Please click on the link below to find some fun 10 Minute Shake Up games
and other helpful information about active hobbies and sports.
You will also find ideas for everything you need to know to get your family moving.
Please click on the link below to find lots of good reasons to get moving.
Healthy Eating when learning at home.
Please click on the following link to watch a video clip about eating healthily when learning at home.
You may have notice when you have been out of your house for a walk that many houses have rainbow pictures in the window.
These look very nice for the people walking passed it probably makes them smile when they see them.
Please put a rainbow picture in your window or put it up inside your house to make people smile.
There are many different ways to make your picture eg. with paints, crayons, coloured pencils, coloured paper, old material etc. or try making a food rainbow collage.
This could help promote the healthy eating principle of ‘eating the rainbow’ by making a food rainbow collage. This will take a fair bit of preparation, as you’ll need to cut out lots of pictures of healthy food of all colours from magazines or brochures.
First get the children to sort the pictures into different colours
Then they can glue them onto a large sheet of paper, in a rainbow formation.
Finally put the completed rainbow picture in your window for everyone to see.