November, best known as Movember, is already upon us – which can only mean, it’s nearly Christmas! The office is currently divided by those who are wanting to get the decorations out on November 1st and those who are waiting til 24th December … if at all. But, there is still a lot of interesting days to take place before the big day such as Bonfire Night, Origami Day, Remembrance Sunday and St Andrews Day (to name a few happening this month!).
Movember is all about raising awareness for Mens Health, their website has lots of ideas regarding fundraising and what you can do. The most iconic one being growing a Moustache – hence Movember. If you were to accidentally spell it want an extra ‘o’ *Moovember* you would be raising awareness for something entirely different – Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). This allergy affects 3-7% of infants worldwide; here is a blog by a lady who has CMPA, along with a great recipe for Dairy Free Cakes!
Just a couple more days until Bonfire Night with is always 5th November (!) Last year I wrote a blog dedicated to crafts for the occasion; which can be found here. Also, if you are going out to your local Bonfire & Firework Display here are a few safety tips to keep you and your children safe. Remember your pets too! Most animals do not like loud noises such as fireworks as it frightens them.
Origami Day (in Japan), which is 11th November, is something I’ve only recently discovered and I’m absolutely in love with! This website has some great tutorials for kids Origami however, my favourite has to be this cute Pikachu Bookmark (for the Pokemon Go fans) and these adorable Finding Nemo & Dory Bookmarks.
Remembrance Sunday is 13th November this year and there is plenty of ideas to get the children remembering. Any craft you do, will be a great starting point to talk about the past and why we remember. This website has several ideas on what to get up to with the children. Visit the official website which has several personal stories that can be read, along with fundraising ideas and a donation page.
Road Safety Week is this month, 21st – 27th, the official website can tell you more regarding awareness. The image (right) is a little song you can get the children singing to raise awareness regarding safety. It is also a perfect opportunity to get the cars in your nursery out – or why not create some of your own?
As it’s St Andrews Day on the 30th, why not get baking with the children? A simple Shortbread recipe with a few alterations turns into Burrebrede (Scottish Shortbread) or why not go for something even sweeter? Scottish Tablet is basically fudge, but whatever you’re calling it – count me in!
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