4 daily mindful activities you can do with kids

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Children are very aware of what’s going on around them. They’re so much like sponges, absorbing and taking in everything. With the stress and talk of the cost of living crisis, it’s important to ensure that we’re meeting our children’s wellbeing needs. So we wanted to share some daily mindful activities we do with our own daughter.

4 daily mindful activities

1) Affirmations poster
Positive affirmations helps children to gain confidence, contributes to a growth mindset, and helps children to truly believe in themselves. Children need to hear what makes them special and strong over and over again. You can purchase our alphabet affirmations poster as part of our bundle of 6 posters here.

Educational posters

2) Yoga
Yoga improves children’s emotional regulation, it also helps to boost their self-estem, concentration, memory, strength and flexibility. There are classes for kids as well as good yoga for kids videos on Youtube.

3) Watering plants
Looking after plants can help to reduce stress in children, it promotes a relaxed and natural state.

4) Magnifying nature walk
We often use our STEM activity cards magnifying nature walk card. Playing outdoors allows children to develop self-confidence, independence and self-esteem and promotes positive well being. Our STEM activity cards can be purchased here.

What are some your favourite mindful activities? Let’s start a conversation in the comments below.

Best,

Natalie

info@littlescholarsplayground.com

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The author

Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

World Mental Health Day

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Monday was World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’. World Mental Health Day works to ensure mental health is treated the same as physical health. Mental health problems is growing amongst our children. We feel it is important to do as much as possible to prevent mental ill-health amongst young people from an early age, so our children grow into thriving adults.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

Our emotions poster is a great way to encourage children to have a conversation about how they feel and talk about their different emotions.

At the end of everyday we ask our daughter how she was feeling today and she points to the relevant emotion on the poster.

This poster can be bought as part of our bundle of 6 posters here.

Educational posters

Best,

Natalie

info@littlescholarsplayground.com

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The author

Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

ITV News interview

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Watch ITV News interview

What an amazing day we had on Saturday at Afrori Bookshop’s Black History Month event in Brighton. We had so much fun being filmed by ITV News as we did the workshop. The workshop was focused on our STEM Leaders: Black inventors and innovators who changed the world book. But more importantly, seeing the impact and inspiration the book gave to the young children and how much fun they had with the science experiment and engineering activity we did. It was really a pinch me moment, and we’re so thankful to be able to share our journey and why we started with ITV News.

We’re forever grateful for the blessings our business has, for not only us but the young children who get to read our books. We’re very thankful to everyone who supports us by buying our products.

Black inventors book

You can buy our STEM Leaders: Black inventors and innovators who changed the world book here.

Natalie

info@littlescholarsplayground.com

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The author

Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

Black History Month Event

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To celebrate the start of Black History Month, Afrori Books bookstore in Brighton is kicking off with a history extravaganza. Denhue will be doing a fun and interactive reading from a part of our STEM Leaders: Black inventors and innovators who changed the world book, followed by two creative activities related to two inventors from the book. You will also be able to buy a signed copy of the book.

There will be crafts, games, authors sharing their fun history stories and prizes.

There will be tea and coffee for the adults and snacks for the children will be served free throughout the event.

🗓️ Sat 01st October 2022⁠

🕚 10am-10:45pm (full event is 10am-12:45pm)

🎟️ Book a ticket (via Afrori Books website)

📍Afrori Books bookshop, 28 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ

You can buy a ticket here.

We hope to see you there!

Black History Month Event

Natalie

info@littlescholarsplayground.com

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The author

Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

Our Back to School Tips

Is your child starting school soon? Starting school for the first time can be daunting to both parents and kids. It can bring up a lot of feelings. There’s lots of things that might cross your mind, such as will my child be bullied, will they cope with a new routine and will they make friends. It’s always important to keep communicating with your child. Below are some things to do with your child to get them prepared before and during the start of school.

1) Independence the Montessori way⁣:
Things like teaching your child to learn to pour their own water, put on their own shoes, or clean their own play area, will help them become a more confident, independent child, which will lead to ongoing benefits throughout their school life.

2) Learn about emotions:
⁣Talking about different feelings will help your child talk about different emotions and understand how they’re feeling during this new transition.

3) Hygiene:
⁣⁣Hygiene is important at school. One of the best ways to help them is to try and make their trips to the toilet a fun learning experience.

4) Sharing:
⁣Encouraging your child to share their toys through pretend play is a great way to help them practice turn-taking.

5) Write down worries and hopes:
Get your child to write down everything they’re looking forward to at school and everything they’re worried about. This can help to ease their concerns.

Going to school for the first time can be scary. We hope your child has a great first day!

Natalie

Little Scholars Playground
info@littlescholarsplayground.com

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About the author

Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

Our Thoughts About The Childcare Crisis

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the childcare crisis. But it wasn’t until it affected us where we had to stop and think about how dire the situation is becoming. Our own little scholar is currently in nursery and we have received emails to let us know that due to staff shortages they may have to start turning children away. We believe the pandemic has exposed the fragility of a system that places the onus of child rearing on women. Childcare is a constant juggling act for many parents. According to the National Childbirth Trust, a week’s care for a child under the age of two in nursery costs between £263 and £321 per week, meanwhile after-school care costs between £60 and £70 a week. Currently, one adult can be in charge of four two-year-olds, however the Government has proposed to increase this to five. We do not think this is a good idea and could affect a child’s safety and level of learning.

It’s important now more than ever to do as much as we can with our young children at home. A child’s brain has reached 80% of its adult volume by the age of 3. This is why it’s VERY important to support this massive brain development in the first 3 years of their life.

We sell books and learning resources, which can help your child’s brain development in the early years. You can shop our products here.

Childcare workers are simply overworked, underpaid and sadly undervalued. What are your thoughts? Has this also affected you? Let us know in the comments below. 👶🏾🧒🏼🧮🎨

Natalie

Little Scholars Playground
info@littlescholarsplayground.com

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About the author

Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.

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