Why not make today the day where all of the children in your household celebrate one another, enjoy the things they have in common and appreciate the differences between them. We've created some ideas around the theme of siblings for you to try at home. Note, the children may need some adult support, but encourage them to help each other as much as possible.Here are our top 5 ideas to get you started:
1. Chat, chat, chat!Having spent so much time together in recent weeks, you may think you know everything there is to know about one another, but I bet there are still some interesting things to discover. Why not try making a ‘Chit-Chat’ box. Get everybody to think of some interesting questions, then put them into the box and pull out at random, giving everyone a chance to answer. Some you might start with are:
- Would you rather live in the past, the future or now?
- Where in the world would you most like to live?
- Would you like to change your name?
- If you were an ice cream, which flavour would you be and why?
- Which animal would you most like to be?
- When were you last deliberately annoying?
- Which day of the week do you like best and why?
- Is it more fun to be a parent or a child?
2. We are family!
- Making something together can be an opportunity to create happy memories as well as a work of art!
- Get a large piece of paper and gather together scraps of fabric, wool, old magazines, paper etc. as well as pens, pencils, scissors and glue.
- Work together to make a collage of somewhere your family might go when we are all able to travel again. Maybe a beach scene, or the zoo, or the home of a close relative.
3. Design a ‘coat of arms’ with a symbol for each person in your family
- Search ‘Coat of arms – images’ in Google to see examples.
- Draw the outline of a large shield on some card and divide it into sections, one for each person in your household.
- Get each person to draw their chosen symbol.
- Click here to get really helpful tips on how to draw all kinds of things!
Hang it up somewhere prominent. Just for today, salute when you pass it. Coats of arms are granted to important people, and who is more important than your family?
4. Who do you think you are?
The following are famous brothers and sisters. I wonder how many more you can find?
- Elle and Dakota Fanning (Actors)
- The Jonas Brothers (Singers)
- Venus and Serena Williams (Tennis players)
- Yaya and Kolo Toure (Footballers)
All of the above siblings have a talent in common.
- Think about the things you and your brothers and/or sisters have in common?
- What things are different about you?
How could you use your similarities/differences to create something together?
5. Make your own kind of music
- Listen to the primary school song This Is Me! from the songbook This Is Me and write some of your own lyrics to reflect your own tastes.
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Written by Sue Langwade – Guest Writer for Out of the Ark Music
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