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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids


Activities: Craft




Outdoor Activities



22 Activities: Cooking 23 Family Life 26 Clubs & Classes

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We have the dark, chilly days of winter to get through and, despite the Christmas break, many of us are feeling battle-weary and fatigued. So it’s a great time to make some New Year’s resolutions that will get the family’s health back on track, mentally and physically. Check out our great health tips and ideas, as well as a fabulous ‘pull out’ New Year’s resolutions chart for kids on page 9. As we continue our 30th anniversary celebrations, there are lots of giveaways to come so be sure to sign up to receive free future issues of this magazine. Hang in there everyone – better times are coming! Editor, Families North Yorkshire Magazine

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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

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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


Books for Navigating Tricky Times

Encouraging Constant Learning

By Smriti Halls

By Dr Cath Bishop

A book can be a friend in lonely times, a delightful escape, a comfort blanket to wrap around us when the going gets tough. As a parent, sharing this understanding with your children is one of the best gifts you can give them. Find out how.

“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



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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

Create an observation chart. 6 January/February

Interview a relative.

Make a treasure hunt.


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My New Year’s Resolutions!


This year I want to:

This year I need to:

This year I am going to start:

This year I am going to stop:

This year I am going to learn:


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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Children Pre-School

Ages 5 to 8

I need to brush my teeth every morning and before going to bed.

I need to go to bed on time every night. I need to wash my hands before every meal. I will start eating at least three fruits and vegetables every day. I will start doing my chores every day. I will stop fighting with my brother/sister/others. I will stop interrupting when someone is talking. I will learn how to tell an adult if I see anyone being bullied.

I need to wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before I eat anything. I am going to start tasting a new food every week. I am going to start listening to my mum/dad. I will learn a new word every day. I will learn how to help clear the table when I have finished eating. I will stop hitting my brother/ sister/others.

Ages 9 to 11

I will learn to make a simple meal. I will learn how to tidy my room properly. I want to choose one author and read every book they have written. I will start having one screen free day every week. I want to save ÂŁ20 in my piggy bank. I need to eat fruit or vegetables with every meal. I need to do my homework before anything else after school. I will stop leaving my clothes on the floor.

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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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Nursery Directory

Belmont Grosvenor

Harrogate Magic Tree Nursery is open all year round, Mon – Fri / 8am – 6pm.

Butterfly’s Day Nursery

Selby – Safe, secure, loving and stimulating environment - age of 6 weeks to 5 years.

Little Peanuts Day Nursery

York - Eco-sustainable day nursery and Forest School. 12 January/February

Barlow Primary School Nursery

Selby - New nursery open Jan 2021 with Forest School and outdoor learning.

Burton Salmon Primary School Nursery

Selby – Nursery, Forest School learning and fantastic outdoor play.

Chapel Haddlesey Primary School Nursery

Bright Beginnings Nursery

The Mount School Nursery

Queen Ethelburga’s

York - Warm and friendly Ofsted Selby – Established nursery with outdoor registered ‘Outstanding’ learning, Forest School children’s day nursery. and a Discovery Room.

York – An Early Years’ setting for girls from 3-5 years of age.

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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


January/February 13


The Benefits of Nursery and Things to Consider

By Gabrielle Nash

Choosing good quality childcare is one of the most important decisions parents make. So whether you are assessing options for returning to work or considering part time childcare for your toddler, a nursery may be what you need. So what factors should you consider? READ MORE

Working with Little Ones at Home By Dr Sarah Mundy

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 14 January/February




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


January/February 15



Outside Activities Whatever the Winter Weather Rain


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.


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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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.


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+. January/February 17



The Top 5 Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga

By Jess Evans Congratulations, you are pregnant. The poses practised in pregnancy You have heard about pregnancy yoga classes are specifically chosen yoga but are unsure what it is? Read to help prepare for labour. These on to find out how yoga during may be poses that help encourage pregnancy could benefit you. babies into an optimal position for birth, movements that can be used When I learnt I was pregnant, I was during labour to navigate surges/ contractions or poses that help to keen to stay fit and strong. I have always loved yoga and was keen to build strength and stamina and help you to stay mobile throughout your continue, however it soon became apparent that I needed to adapt my pregnancy. practice. Promotes a Connection with Your Bump During my first trimester I suffered from extreme dizziness, and fatigue Dedicating time just for you is a great way not only to help come like I had never experienced to terms with the changes your before. Following the advice not body is going through, but also to practice movement-based yoga before 12 weeks, I left behind those to strengthen your bond with elements of my practice and instead your bump. There is always an opportunity during class to “check focused on yoga nidra (sleeping in� with bump, to see how they are yoga), meditation and breathwork. These were amazing at helping me and have a little chat with them. replenish my energy, come to terms I loved the opportunity to slow down, leave behind the stresses of with my changing body and begin everyday life and do something that to bond with my bump. was just for me and bump. From 12 weeks onwards, and with consent from my GP, I reintroduced Provides Relief from Common Pregnancy Complaints adapted asanas (yoga poses) and During pregnancy, your body movement. Attending pregnancy changes more rapidly than at any yoga was the highlight of my week other time. Many pregnant women and I continued until I was 40 experience tightness and discomfort weeks. in their neck and shoulders as well Below are the top 5 benefits I found as their lower back. Pregnancy yoga offers the opportunity to stretch out from this beautiful practice: these areas safely, Preparation for Labour and READ MORE Delivery 18 January/February




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. Familiesonline.co.uk

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.

Perfect to help young minds relax. January/February 19



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.

Example of Steps 1-3

Example of Steps 4-6


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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Vegan Food for the Family – By Stealth!

By Louise Palmer-Masterton

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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January/February 21



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

22 January/February



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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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.

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Do you know your rights? By Georgina Thomas

One thing that the pandemic has brought into focus has been the fact that it’s shown the difficulties that families face combining working with childcare, and even with the schools open again, the impact of the closures earlier in the year and current restrictions are still being felt. In the first shutdown, it was made clear under the lockdown rules that employers were able to furlough their employees and/or workers who were unable to work due to having childcare commitments. This remains the case under the new extended furlough scheme from 1 November, and if you are


unable to work due to childcare responsibilities (or other caring responsibilities) then your employer may put you on furlough. Do be aware there is no “right to furlough”, however. Also, the fact that schools and childcare establishments are open and nannies and childminders allowed to work means that the test to show you are unable to work because of childcare will be higher, and employers may be reluctant to put you on furlough unless you can show a specific reason why you cannot work. As I highlight below, READ MORE

January/February 25


Clubs & Classes

Technology in Play Inspiring the next generation of STEM revolutionaries for 5+ yrs.

Kidslingo LIVE

Live online language classes. Ages 0-11.

Teddies Online Music Club

Pre-recorded online musical fun and arty ideas for under 5s. 26 January/February

Little Gym at Home Mother Nature Science Online Club Online pre-recorded Live online science activity classes. Ages 4-12.

gymnastics based activities. Ages 4mths-12yrs.

Mini Athletics

Blank Canvas Art Club

La Jolie Ronde

Reading Chest

Winning the gold medal for children Imaginative skills and aged 2-7 years. technique based tuition for 5 - 18 (and adults) FREE 1st class (Quote FMN21)

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

Monthly subscription book club 4-9 yrs.



Clubs & Classes


The Place

Funky Moves

Live online language classes. Ages 0-12.

Live online dance classes. Ages 4-18.

Live online yoga and ballet classes. Ages 4-11.

Bad Apple Theatre Company

Music Monsters

Smart Raspberry Cookery School

Youth theatre group for 7-14 yrs.

Little Stars Swim School

Fun inclusive swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. Familiesonline.co.uk

Live online piano lessons. Ages 3-18.

Funky Monkeys Keyboard Classes Online pre-recorded tutorial programme. Ages 4-12.

Live online cookery classes. Ages 2+.

Baby Swimmers

Baby and toddler swim school across North and West Yorkshire.

January/February 27

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