A five-week series of fun and educational activities for nurseries and parents
The Clangers know the importance of always being kind on their little blue planet, and the loveable pink mouse-like creatures are continuing their mission to spread kindness across the UK.
The Clangers team carried out a nationwide kindness survey*, and found that UK parents are working very hard to teach their children to be kind in lots of different ways, and from a very young age, starting at an average of 15 months.
The hit pre-school brand is lending a helping hand by teaming up with National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), to deliver 5 weeks of fun and educational resources and activities dedicated to teaching kindness. The programme will run in nurseries across the UK from 18 September to 22 October, and is also available for parents to download and use at home.
NDNA is the UK’s voice of the nursery sector, and a charity that supports early years learning. Its Early Years Experts have devised the programme which uses Clangers characters and themes to create materials that encourage children to have fun, whilst thinking about kindness.
Each week of the programme explores a different theme of kindness for children to explore:
- What is Kindness? Week 1 helps children understand what kindness is and suggests using a kindness chart to help encourage children to be kind.
- Kindness to Family. Week 2 encourages kindness around the home and the values of saying thank you. Ideas include making a ‘Family Pot of Kindness’ to be filled with notes of gratitude, or have fun playing the Clangers’ matching pairs game!
- Kindness to the Environment. Week 3 is all about helping children discover how they can look after the planet, and how they can make their surroundings a kinder place for wildlife with ideas including making a bird feeder, bug hotel, or a cosy hedgehog home.
- Kindness to our Community. Week 4 focuses on kindness in the wider world such as learning about an unfamiliar country, going on a community treasure hunt, or visiting a local care home to brighten up someone else’s day.
- Kindness to Ourselves. The final week is the often overlooked topic of being kind to yourself, including taking care of our bodies, relaxing and taking time out when needed. One idea could be using the Soup Dragon’s recipe and making your own version of her healthy but yummy Green Soup!
Child development expert Dr Jacqueline Harding, who consulted with the Clangers team on its study, said: “Our research found that parents are incredibly keen to help their children get to grips with being kind from a very early age, and that they’re always looking for new ways to do this.
“I’m a huge supporter of this new campaign to teach kindness in nurseries. Empathy and truly understanding the needs of others is essential in adult life and, developmentally speaking, these important skills are fostered and learnt at an early age.”
The Kindness with the Clangers resource pack, including the full activity guide, a poster of the Clangers’ kindness tree, a kindness chart to put up on the wall, game card, and a kindness certificate, is available to download here: www.ndna.org.uk/clangers
Clangers is available to watch on CBeebies and brand new episodes from its second series will be available to watch from Monday 11th September, 2017.
* The study carried out by One Poll asked 1,400 parents of 2-6 year olds how they teach their children to be kind.