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CONTENTS

In This Issue

Welcome

4

Education

6-7

Online Classes

10

Activities: Craft

12

Early Years

14

Outdoor Activities

It’s freezing cold, loads of us are homeschooling and it’s hard not to be fed up just now (to say the least!) So check out our great health tips and ideas to get the family’s health back on track - mentally and physically. Plus recipes, challenges, reading, crafts plenty to keep us busy inside and outside our homes!

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Health

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Activities: Cooking

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Family Life

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January/February 3


At Fettes Prep, we believe that happy children learn. With space, care and the expertise of dedicated staff, your son or daughter will grow up surrounded by friends and loving their learning. • Small class sizes Wraparound care (included in the fees) 12 core sports 60+ co-curricular activities • P3 and P4 spaces available

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EDUCATION

Visit Fettes Virtually

How to Improve your Child’s Concentration

By Gail Hugman

Although unable to welcome prospective families at the moment, let Fettes Prep pupils show you round virtually! Find our what they love about being a pupils at Fettes Prep. You can also arrange a virtual call with the Admissions Department, a house parent and of course the Headmaster of Fettes Prep too. Simply click here for further information.

Edinburgh Dance Academy EDA, recently voted highest ranked dance school in the UK and Ireland are proud to be offering over 90 online classes per week since Scotland went back into lockdown. Classes in Ballet, Commercial, Pre School Dance, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Turns, Limbering, Progressing Ballet Technique, Contemporary, Competition, Adult Dance, Adult Ballet/Barre and a weekly class for children with Additional Support Needs. Open to everyone. Free trial lesson To book please call 0131 3344299 or email Familiesonline.co.uk

If ever there was a time to help your child improve their learning skills, it’s now! Even without disrupted routines, many young children need help developing the skills of listening and concentration required in the classroom. Here’s how you can help your child. READ MORE

Encouraging Constant Learning

By Dr Cath Bishop

“Who’s going to win?” From a young age, it seems natural to compare and compete with others. But, historically, what distinguished us from our ancestors was learning by cooperating, communicating and connecting. How can we help our children learn in this way? READ MORE January/February 5


ONLINE CLASSES

Live and Pre-Recorded Online HANAH MACK Classes for Kids MUSIC TUITION Never had time to learn...until now!

Singing Hands

Live online baby/ toddler signing sessions.

Break up your days and join us online with remote music lessons from home

Mother Nature Hanah Mack Music Science Online Club Tuition Live online science activity classes. Ages 4-12.

Remote piano lessons, age 6+, and singing lessons, age 10+.

Now enrolling: piano and singing lessons

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Kidslingo LIVE

Live online language classes. Ages 0-11.

Annie & Cara’s Online Classes

Live Online Art Club Ages 5-12 6 January/February

Edinburgh Dance Academy

Annie & Cara’s Online Classes

Adult and child dance classes for all.

Live Online Dance Fitness Class Ages 7-12

La Jolie Ronde

Parrot Street Book Club

Live online French and Spanish classes. Ages 5-11.

Monthly subscription book club. Ages 5-11. Familiesonline.co.uk


ONLINE CLASSES

Live and Pre-Recorded Online Classes for Kids

Lingotot

Live online language classes. Ages 0-12.

Kip McGrath

Stagecoach Edinburgh

DN Dance

Music Monsters

Smart Raspberry Cookery School

Online & In-Studio Dance Classes for Kids Singing, Dance and Acting classes for ages & Adults. Enrolling now 4-18.

Maths and English tuition for children of all ages

Live online piano lessons. Ages 3-18.

Go Sketch Club

Funky Monkeys Keyboard Classes

Live online and prerecorded drawing and painting classes. Ages 7-12. Familiesonline.co.uk

Online pre-recorded tutorial programme. Ages 4-12.

Live online cookery classes. Ages 2+.

Bright Light Creative Writing Live online creative writing courses. Ages 6-11.

January/February 7


EDUCATION

Classic Free Audio Books for Kids A great way to introduce your child to these classic stories with no cost attached.

By Carlo Collodi. Ages 3+.

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame. Ages 6+.

When We Were Very Young

The Secret Garden

The Railway Children

Peter Pan

Adventures of Pinocchio

By Frances Hodgson Burnett. Ages 8+.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll. Ages 4+.

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By E. Nesbit. Ages 8+.

Aesop’s Fables Ages 4+.

By A.A. Milne. All ages.

By J.M. Barrie. Ages 8+.

The Swiss Family Robinson

By Johann David Wyss. Ages 7+. Familiesonline.co.uk


EDUCATION

Learning Challenges for Kids From Bella Learning, these are open-ended, purposeful tasks, differentiated by age, that your child can do as part of home-schooling or at the weekend.

Challenge 1

Challenge 2

Challenge 3

Create a poster.

Create a rainbow collage.

Audit your toys.

Challenge 4

Challenge 5

Challenge 6

Celebrate a story.

Make a family tree.

Make a sunshine picture.

Challenge 7

Challenge 8

Challenge 9

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Interview a relative.

Make a treasure hunt.

January/February 9


ACTIVITIES

Fabulous Crafts to Celebrate Chinese New Year 11-26 February

Easy Chinese Lantern

Egg Carton Dragon Dancing Puppet

Paper Dragon Slinkie

Dragon Mask

Chinese Lantern Suncatcher

Chinese Fan

Panda Paper Bag Puppet

Year of Ox Headband

Year of Ox Paper Plate

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ACTIVITIES

Get Moving with our Family Dance Party Playlist!

A-B-C, Easy as 1-2-3! ABCmouse.com

Happy Pharrell Williams (feat. Minions)

Can’t Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

Gangnam Style PSY

Twist & Shout The Beatles

YMCA Village People

Dancing Queen ABBA

Who Let the Dogs Out Baha Men

Roar! Katy Perry

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January/February 11


EARLY YEARS

Best Nursery Rhymes & Action Songs for Pre-Schoolers

Little Peter Rabbit Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Baby Shark

Finger Family Song

Little Bo Peep

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Little Miss Muffet

The Ants Go Marching

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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EARLY YEARS

Working with Little Ones at Home

The Lowdown on Potty Training

By Dr Sarah Mundy

By Andrew Campbell

Like me, you may be thinking that your multi-tasking skills were pushed to the limit before Covid! Working from home whilst looking after a preschooler isn’t easy so here are my tips on maximising your work time whilst still meeting your little one’s needs. READ MORE

There are various potty training methods and none of them are right or wrong! Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. So it’s important to consider what style is the best fit for your family. Slow and gentle, get it over quick or somewhere in between…. READ MORE

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OUTDOORS

RSPB Bird-Related Garden Activities

Celebrate the Big Garden Birdwatch from 29 to 31 January!

Build a Bird Bath

Make a String Bird Go Bird Watching

Make a Flock of Fingers

Build a Bird Box

Go on an Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Play ‘Hungry birds’ Online

Make a Recycled Bird Feeder

Make a Speedy Bird Cake

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OUTDOORS

Outside Activities Whatever the Winter Weather Rain

Wind

Float your boat. Make a boat and float it in a puddle or stream. Wet chalk art. Rain intensifies and blurs the colours of chalk for a spectacular effect. Make mud pies. Use old aluminium or plastic containers and have a bake off! Gauge the rain. Make a rain gauge with a plastic bottle and keep a log. Puddle jumping. Try jumping over, rather than in – who can jump the biggest? Collectathon. Gather some different sized containers outside and guess which will fill first.

Fly a kite. Make one from different materials and see which works best. Blow bubbles. Let the wind do the blowing and watch them swirl. Parachute play. Make a toy parachute using a handkerchief and toy figurine and throw up. Make wind chimes. Hang spoons, keys and beads from a coat hanger. Play Frisbee. Go somewhere with lots of space and let it rip! Make a wind sock. Attach streamers or ribbons to one end of a toilet roll holder and string to the other.

Cold

Break out the binoculars. Since leaves have fallen from trees, it’s a lot easier to spot birds and other creatures. Take a night hike. Using torches explore your neighbourhood during these dark early evenings. Build a campfire. Bring out hot chocolate and roast marshmallows and cook jacket potatoes in the embers. Go stargazing. Cold nights generally mean clear skies, perfect for watching stars. Hunt for treasure. Look for holly leaves, lichen, leaf skeletons, sticks, pinecones and acorns. Frost art. On a frosty morning, draw or write in the frost on the pavement.

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January/February 15


HEALTH

Kids’ Wellbeing Books All books can be purchased via Bookshop.org, an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.

First Emotions: How am I feeling?

Don’t Worry, Little Crab

The Worrysaurus

Mindful Kids

A gentle and simple A picture book working introduction to strong through anxiety and emotions for little ones. building courage.

A fun, reassuring tale about dealing with worries, by a bestselling author.

16 January/February

Ollie uses superpowers to overcome school bullies.

No Worries

50 creative mindfulness Interactive self-care games/exercises to activities for children help children find calm to find happiness, calm and relaxation. and confidence.

Mind Hug: The First Ruby’s Worry: A Story Big Bright Feelings A picture book Book adventure into mindfulness.

Ollie and His Superpowers

A perceptive and poignant story.

Worry Angels

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers. Ages 8+. Familiesonline.co.uk


HEALTH

New Year Family Mental Health Resolutions

Five Tips for Feeling Fab in 2021

By Helen Spiers

By Karlin Sloan

On 1 January 2020, many of us made resolutions with no idea that a global catastrophe was imminent. The impact of the pandemic on our wellbeing is huge. So let’s use our 2021 resolutions to be kinder to ourselves and prioritise our family’s mental health. READ MORE

From the Covid-19 pandemic to the wave of economic loss, personal loneliness, isolation, and deep uncertainty about what’s in store, this is a time when even the toughest of us can find ourselves struggling. Here are some ideas to get you get back on track. READ MORE

Eating for Immunity

Warm up with wholefoods this winter

By Claire Winter

Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult in a world where unhealthy and processed foods are advertised frequently and are convenient. But during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to eat well and stay hydrated. How do you start off on the right foot? READ MORE Familiesonline.co.uk

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HEALTH

Support Your Child’s Mental Health Help your child to understand how they are feeling and why with these free downloadable resources from PlanBee.

Feelings and Emotions Cards

These cards will get your child thinking and talking about feelings.

Design your Own Emotion Emojis

Your child can draw emojis that represent their feelings.

Worry Monster Activity Sheets

Help your child deal with their emotions. 18 January/February

Mood Tracker

Children can express emotions they are experiencing by colouring in an object.

Synonym Emotions Booklet

Identify words that are similar to emotions like angry, sad and happy.

Draw the Emotion

Feeling Check-in Cards

Emoji Emotion Faces Cards

Mindfulness Colouring Sheets

Challenge your children Check in with your to think about how different emotions are child and see what they are feeling. expressed facially.

Ask your child to talk about when they’ve felt these feelings.

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HEALTH

Six Steps to Good Mental Health Help support your child’s mental health with these steps from PlanBee. Name emotions and feelings This helps your child develop a vocabulary to explain their feelings. Explain the physical sensations Help your child recognise how different emotions feel physically. Understand when/why Once your child can spot/name their emotions, help them understand the triggers. Help regulate Once they understand the source of an emotion, help them regulate. Keep everyone safe When feeling a big emotion, your

child’s brain doesn’t work in the same way as when they are calm. Help them stay safe and maintain boundaries. Once your child is calm, relate Listen, empathise and share similar experiences to help them understand their feelings and know you care.

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Regulate/Keep Everyone Safe/ Relate

Name “I can see you are really angry.”

Regulate “Take a deep breath with me.”

Explain “Your face is scrunched up and your fists are clenched.

Keep Everyone Safe “I cannot let you hit me. If you need to get your anger out, try hitting this cushion.”

Understand “I am wondering if you are angry because someone didn’t let you play.”

Relate “Once I was so angry I wanted to throw things. Your grandad helped me calm down by giving me playdough to squeeze.”

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January/February 19


FAMILY LIFE

Find ‘Me-Time’ and Achieve your Goals

Vegan Food for the Family – By Stealth!

By Carina Lawson

By Louise Palmer-Masterton

The pandemic arrived like a whirlwind, changing the way we live. Whilst it is still here, we have to make sure we and our families are motivated to stay on top of things and enjoy life as best we can. Here are some tips.

In my view, the way to win hearts and minds to veganism is by serving ridiculously delicious vegan food! But children can be notoriously difficult nuts to crack food wise and it helps to master the art of getting healthy food in by ‘stealth!’ READ MORE

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Family Fitness By Claire Winter

It’s easy to use excuses like ‘too tired’ or ‘too busy’ to exercise. Exercising through the pandemic, with gyms and sports clubs often closed, is challenging. But regular exercise promotes physical and mental health in many ways. How can your family get fit this year? READ MORE 20 January/February

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FAMILY LIFE

9 Best Pancake Recipes for Shrove Tuesday Experiment with some pancake-making on and around 16 February!

Banana Pancakes

Fluffy Black Forest Pancakes

Vegan Pancakes

Flourless Rainbow Pancakes

Upside-Down Pineapple Pancakes

Teddy Bear Pancakes

Mary Berry’s Easy Drop Scones

Easy Pancakes

Baby’s First Pancakes

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January/February 21


FAMILY LIFE

Handling Co-Parenting Differences

The Guilty Parent Syndrome

By Rebecca Giraud and Bob Greig

By Dr Jan MacGregor Hepburn

Co-parenting is not easy, mistakes can and will be made but it’s the effort that we as parents put in that will really be of long-term benefit to our children. After all, loving our children is what we have in common with our ex-partner. READ MORE

As a parent, do you feel constantly guilty? About what you’ve said/done or not said/ done? If so, you’d be forgiven for thinking that guilt and parenting must be inextricably linked. And you would be right! BUT they don’t have to be….... READ MORE

Embracing your Inner Child

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Despite your intentions to parent your kids differently to the way you were parented, they probably view your parenting style in much the same way. But imagine the difference if you could combine the essential parts of adulthood and still be in touch with your inner child.... READ MORE 22 January/February

101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children has become an indispensable guide to divorce/ separation for parents. To mark the publication of the second edition, enjoy an exclusive 15% discount for Families readers from Only Mums and Only Dads. Use code FM10121 here. With legal help, tips and insights from professionals and parents, this book will save you time and money. Familiesonline.co.uk


FAMILY LIFE

The Impact of Covid-19 on Working Mums By Mandy Garner The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard for many individuals and groups, with working mums, particularly single working mums, being one of them. But the picture is complex. Women dominate in many of the most risky frontline sectors such as health, social care and education and in some of the hardest hit sectors such as hospitality and retail. Parttime jobs, traditionally done by women, have seen a precipitous fall, BUT women are less likely to be unemployed than men and many have gone into full-time roles. Then there is self-employment which has seen a big decline. A recent report from IPSE and Starling Bank showed women freelancers have been hardest hit financially by late payments of money owed to them and the associated mental impact and women-led businesses have suffered disproportionately. What is clear is that the impact of childcare problems during the pandemic has been most keenly felt by women, with countless studies, including our own surveys, showing women have been carrying most of the childcare/home schooling burden, despite dads increasing their input generally.

Our latest survey shows lockdown restrictions and school or year group closures are still causing huge challenges. READ MORE

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