Have You Sent Your Christmas Cards Yet?

Are you bored of sending out the same, generic Christmas cards out every year? Well, we’ve put together a list of unique DIY Christmas cards for you and your child to make for your nearest and dearest this season!

Ho Ho Ho – This card is so simple and therefore perfect if you have lots of people in your address book. All you need is some card, buttons, and a felt tip pen! Top Tip: Using the same materials, mix things up by trying out this bauble design.

Pop-Up Tree – This 3D card can also serve as an impressive Christmas decoration! Top Tip: How about adding some sparkle by using sequins as baubles?

Christmas Trees – This card is achieved with just paint strips (which you can pick up for free at most home improvement stores), and some sequins. Top Tip: you can also turn paint strips into pretty gift tags.

Santa Hat – Although easy to make, this card looks very impressive once finished. Plus, nothing says Christmas...

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How Much Are You Giving This Christmas?

Here at mySircles, we believe it is important for children to think of Christmas as a time for giving as well as receiving. Therefore, we have put together a list of charitable activities for you and your child to get involved with this festive season.

The Giving Tree – In Cambridge, Peterborough, Kent, Spalding and Norwich, a big and bright Christmas tree has been put up in their shopping centres, and not just for decoration. Heart Radio has teamed up with a number of charities such as NSPCC, The Salvation Army, and Young Lives Foundation to deliver presents to those less fortunate. Simply pick up an extra present during your Christmas shopping and drop it off under the tree to make someone’s Christmas.

Christmas Care Package – Instead of simply giving your spare change to a homeless person, how about putting together your own care package for someone less fortunate? This can include items such as: blankets, socks, gloves, baby wipes, gift cards, water...

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Ever Tried Making Your Own Advent Calendar?

Whether you embrace or resist, the fact remains…Christmas is on its way. If you’re not reminded by the constant jingle bells on the radio or the endless Christmas ads on TV, you’re more than likely to have your own personal countdown from your child. So, to make the experience all the more enjoyable for you and your family, how about making your own, personalised advent calendar this year? These are all great fun to make and perfect for some craft time with your little elf!

Family Fun – The main purpose of this advent calendar is to create family experiences. This can include activities such as baking a cake together, putting the Christmas tree up, or simply sitting down as a family to enjoy a Christmas classic. This ensures lots of fun Christmas memories and could also encourage more family time in the future.

Sweet Treats – This advent calendar works really well with sweets, as it is sealed and contained in paper cups. It is also very...

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What Are You Doing For Children in Need This Year?

The Children in Need telethon takes place on Friday 18th November this year, but are you getting involved to help raise money for this worthy cause? Getting your children involved in fundraising can not only teach them about the charity, but also some important work skills. It can also be really fun! So, we’ve put together a list of fundraising ideas for you and your children to take part in this year.

Sponsored Silence – This is a favourite for parents and teachers…we can’t figure out why! Simply grab yourselves a notepad and pen and zip it! An award can be offered for whoever stays quiet for the longest.

Cake Stand – This is not only lucrative but there’s nothing better for a child than selling on the treats which they have made themselves. Why not try out these super-cute Pudsey Bear Biscuits ? Also, any kind of sales activity is great to help your child practise their maths skills!

Fancy Dress –...

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Is It Important For Our Children to Know About Remembrance Day?

As parents, one of our many jobs is to protect and shelter our children from the pain and suffering of the world. However, Remembrance Day comes around once a year, warranting questions from our children about what it all really means. Instead of avoiding the question this year, it may be important that you address it.

Every single day, somewhere in the world, there is a war going on. The BBC states that ‘every minute, two people are killed in conflicts around the world’. This statistic is simply too shocking to ignore and Remembrance Day gives us the push we need to acknowledge it.

Remembrance Day (11th September) is not only to pay tribute to those who died in World War One, but every war. It is a time for us all to pray for those whose lives have been affected or lost for the sake of their country. It is a time to be thankful to those who have lost their lives in order to save our own; to be grateful for the safety of our families; and to keep their...

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Have You Got Your Child’s Halloween Costume Sorted This Year?

Halloween is a time for children to enjoy dressing up and collecting treats with their friends. However, it can add a significant number of ‘to do’s’ on that ever growing list! From organising the trick or treating with the other parents, to being ready for your very own little visitors and carving the pumpkins, – to decorating the house, Halloween is a time for fun but also requires us parents to be highly organised. The most challenging can be… sorting out costumes. So, we’ve put together a list of cheap and (not so) cheerful costumes for your little devils this Halloween!

Shimmering Mermaid – What little girl doesn’t dream of being part of Ariel’s world? This look is all about the multi-coloured make up or face paint. Simply place some netted tights over parts of the face, and dab on as many colours (and glitter) as you like. This will give the illusion of scales coming through the skin. Also, leave your...

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Are Your Decorations Ready This Halloween?

All Hallows’ Eve is almost upon us…so we’ve put together a few DIY, child-friendly, decoration ideas to turn your house into a spooky castle! (They’re also great fun for the kids to make!)

Spooky Pumpkins – Painting pumpkins is perfect for those too little to carve. Use glow in the dark paint to get those scary faces to illuminate through your window! Top tip: Get creative! You can also lay out some feathers, googly eyes and string and see what your child comes up with.

Flying Bats – These are super quick and simple to make and all you need is some black card, googly eyes and paint! As they’re so easy, it won’t take long to make a few so you can spread them in each corner of the house.

Spider Webs – This is not only extremely cheap, but if done correctly, looks amazing! All you need is a bin liner and some scissors! These are great for sticking on windows and doors.

Creepy Spiders – Again, these are...

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Does Your Child Walk to School?

If you didn’t already know, October is International Walk to School Month. A whole month dedicated to teaching children all about emissions and pollution. However, there are lots of reasons why strapping on your walking boots can benefit both you and your children. So, here is a list of why you and your little ones should take part this month.

Get Moving – Depending on how far away you live, walking to and from school can contribute to your and your child’s daily exercise. Exercising 20 minutes to an hour every day will not only keep your child healthy, but significantly enhance your child’s performance at school.

Revision Time – The walk to and from school is a great opportunity to prepare your child for the day ahead and to recap on what they have learnt throughout their day. Oral repetition is an effective learning technique and can help your child to remember important information.

Wake up – Does your child tend to nod off...

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Is It Important for Children to Learn a Second Language?

With European Day of Languages on the 26th of September, it got us thinking…is it really a big deal for children to learn a second language? More often than not, the languages in which students learn at GCSE level are not followed through throughout their lives. Is there really any point?

We spoke to Steven Westgate, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at St Bede’s Inter-Church School in Cambridge, for his views on the subject.

“[Learning foreign languages] helps students to use different areas of the brain. For example, processing skills and memory, which can help with all subjects. It is also important for children to come into contact with other cultures and appreciate differences and similarities.

“Above all, language learning promotes the ability to communicate and show empathy towards others.”

According to Westgate, not only is learning a foreign language a useful skill, but it can also help to improve and develop a number of other...

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Does Your Child Lack Confidence?

It is extremely common for children to find public speaking and drama classes the most daunting aspect of their school lives. For some, it even causes anxiety, leading to negative feelings towards their classes. Encouraging children to speak up can improve a number of their skills.

  1.  Confidence. Public speaking and performing can drastically improve your child’s confidence. This skill will not only benefit your child in their social lives, but will also be crucial to them once they enter the working world.
  1.  Passion. Topic of speech is important. By asking children to produce a piece about something they are concerned or interested by will encourage them to research and inform themselves. This is a great way to trigger their passions and for you to get to know their interests.
  1.  Cooperation. An easy way to introduce public speaking is through a group activity. This will not only take some of the pressure off, but will also persuade children to act unified as a...
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