As you may be aware, April is known as Autism Awareness Month. Not many children are diagnosed with Autism until they reach school age, however that doesn’t mean it can’t be noticed beforehand. We have set a date for another Autism Course with AutisticGenius for the end of this month and as it’s Autism Awareness Month we’ve even given you half price off the price of each ticket! More information can be found here. We’ve also found this website which has lots of great ideas to get Autism Awareness going in your setting.
St George’s Day is 23rd April, you can find out more information here. A simple, cheap idea is to take an A4 sheet of paper or card and draw out the England Flag, after doing this give the children red and white tissue paper and get them to create there own St Georges Flag! Other ideas may be to make shields and swords, or even dragons!
Towards the end of April (20th – 26th) it’s Nutirition and Allergy Awareness Week. This is the perfect time to make not only children aware of the importance of healthy eating, but also staff. We have two Basic Food Hygiene courses going ahead in May and June, you can find out more information here. I recently found this American themed Allergy Bracelet for children, I thought it was pretty awesome but I’m not too sure how practical it would be. This website gives some tips to parents and Early Years settings about Healthy Habits for children.
I’ve found that children are fascinated with space and what’s beyond Earth. So when I read that the 28th April is International Astronomy Day I was over the moon! I found these first, it’s simple yet very engaging for the children, it encourages them to follow patterns. If you have older children, you may want to try this – it is the same idea but more of a challenge using sewing instead of chalk. I always find it hard to pick out certain activities and crafts to mention as there are so many interesting and fun ideas out there so here is a link to one called ‘Blast Off’ and it is a game you create with the children, however if this one isn’t for you, there is plenty more ideas at the bottom of the same link.
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