Not too long ago I received a very special book in the post, 'The Story of The Kindness Elves'. It is a beautiful story about Sparkle and Pop, two elves who help children to spread kindness to people around them. From the minute we sat down my children were drawn into this magical story. The illustrations compliment the words perfectly and I had little fingers pointing out all the gorgeous details. From the houses in the clouds to the teddy in the attic, the colourful rainbows to the sad faces to the stars and the smiles and of course the Kindness Elves themselves. As we read the story we were able to talk about people's feeling and how it is nice to make others feel happy. My children are 1 and 3 years old and are a great age to start talking about kindness. Anna Ranson and Benjamin Byrne, the authors, have written a story that can be enjoyed by both younger and older children. While my children enjoyed the illustrations and the idea of making others happy, older children will be able to talk more deeply about experiences they have had and ideas they could do to spread acts of kindness.
The best activities are the ones that take you very little time to set up. I like to think that it's because a simple set up means lots of space for the child's imagination to fill in the gaps. You give them a starting point if you like and they do all the rest. This masking tape spiral car track is one of our latest quick to set up activities. It took me less than 5 minutes - and that included thinking up the idea!
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