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My Daily Diary - by Harold

Day 36 - Monday 1st of June

Wow! It's Monday again and the first day of June! 

Well, did you have a nice week - what did you get up to? The weather where I live was super sunny and warm so I spent a lot of time outside. One thing I did outside was look after some potatoes I've been growing. Since it's been so hot and there's been no rain at all, it was very important that I watered them every day, otherwise they'd die!

It's the start of a new half-term, and some people from my school are going back some time this week - though I'm not one of them, I have a bit longer at home. It does make me sad that I can't see my friends, but at least I can still call them and speak to them, even if it's not in real life!

Perhaps some of you are going back to school this week, or in the next few weeks. There'll probably be some new rules to keep us all safe from COVID-19. It will all be a bit different, I think.

My friend Kiki the Kangaroo (do you remember Kiki? She's the one who likes to bounce!) told me about a book she read all about not worrying too much about the virus, even though it can sound a bit scary!

Would you like to read it? You can also watch it being read by the author, Jon Burgerman.

Click on the picture below to read the e-book, or click on this link to watch the video!

It's Mindful Monday today and I've been thinking of things I do if I feel worried. One thing I can do is talk to my mum. She always comforts me and makes me feel better! I could also do my pufferfish breathing that I told you about a few weeks ago, that's great at calming me down! 

What do you do when you're feeling worried? Let me know, I'd love to hear your ideas to share with everyone!

Well I'd better get going, I've got school work to be doing and I'm also going to practise some mindfulness activities today.

You can tell me your ideas for activities or what you've been doing to stay busy, either at school or at home, by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk

As always, REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy - see you soon!

Love from Harold xxx

This is one of the pages from the book Everybody Worries. Why not watch or read it?

Day 35 - Friday 22nd of May

I can't believe it's Friday again, already! And... it's the holidays starting from this evening, yay! 

Well, since it's Friday that also means that we're coming to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, and Kindness week. But that doesn't mean we stop being kind! I hope this week has helped you to think about kindness, I know I've learnt a lot from you, too!

As promised yesterday, I've finished my rainbow kindness sheet so you can have a look. Click on the picture to make it bigger:

I thought to wind up Kindness week, I could leave you with a few easy tips and tricks for making yourself and others happy during lockdown! They've worked for me! Ha ha!

Here are some ideas:

  • offer to clear the table without being asked
  • offer to help with jobs or chores at home
  • write a letter or card to a friend or family member

Well, can you remember what I was doing this time last week? Yes, making biscuits! So this week, I thought I'd show you a picture that Arthur from Wescott Primary School sent in of a brilliant biscuit he made!

Can you guess why I absolutely LOVE it... because it's a giraffe! And everyone knows giraffes are the best animals! 

You might remember me telling you about my friend Derek the Penguin, and his love of baking. Well, he's a great biscuit-maker, so I showed him Arthur's biscuit and he said it was fabulous! So thank you and a big well done!

Well it's Friendship Friday, too, which is all about connecting with family and friends. I think there's quite a lot of overlap between being kind to others and connecting with them. For example when I sent a card in the post to Kiki and Derek, it was being kind and connecting.

I thought of an idea to connect with Kiki and Derek for Friendship Friday! Later on I'm going to call them and ask them for Five Friendship Facts, all about themselves. Doing this will help me to learn even more about them, even though I can't actually see them.

Here are some questions I might ask:

  • What is your favourite food?
  • What is your biggest achievement?
  • What is your favourite book?
  • What do you like most about lockdown?

Why don't you do that? You could call a friend or relative (with the help of a grown-up) and find out a few things you never knew about them! You could even just ask the people in your house.

Well that's all for today. I hope you have a super duper great holiday next week - I'd love to see what you're going to be doing so pleaseeee send me anything you've been getting up to, then I can share it with everyone in my diary after half-term!

You can tell me your ideas for activities, what you've been doing in lockdown or what your plans for the holidays are by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk

As always, REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy - see you soon!

Love from Harold xxx

Here's my friend Derek the Penguin with some cupcakes he made. He loves baking!

Day 34 - Thursday 21st of May

Ahh, it's almost the end of the week. It's super sunny where I live so I'm going to go on a walk later on to get some exercise and fresh air! I find that a bit of exercise and fresh air really helps my concentration with school work.

Well, today's the fourth day of Kindness week and it's Thinking of Others Thursday! I think being kind to other people is pretty similar to 'thinking of others', so today's a Double Day of Decency! (The word 'decency' is a new one for me - it means being thoughtful and respectful to others.)

Anyway, I had a lovely email from Emily in response to Misha's problem from last week (can you remember? She'd fallen out with her friend Sasha and needed advice). I thought it was ever so kind and really showed how Emily was thinking of other people's feelings - perfect for Thinking of Others Thursday! Here it is:

It says:

"I am sorry you fell out with Sasha. Why don't you tell her you are sorry and that you want to be friends? Good luck! Love, Emily."

Ahh, that's so kind and thoughtful, I'm sure that would help them make friends again!

Anyway, I thought that in Kindness week we've been doing lots of things ourselves to be kind, so it would be nice to hear about someone else being kind! Here's a story for you to read, all about how important it is to be kind! Just click on the picture below. There are some blank spaces in the story which you can fill in using the pictures at the top. (You can print the sheet out or just fill the gaps as you're reading it.)

You could even write your own story about kindess and leave some gaps - then you could get someone at home to try and fill them in! My mum says that she used to make up loads of stories like that - with missing words - with her sister, then they had to fill in the gaps with drawings.

Remember... it's cool to be kind!

Well I'd better get going, I've got a busy day ahead!

Oh - I've just remembered, I've been filling in my Rainbow Kindness sheet from Monday all week, with kind things that I've been doing. I'll show you it tomorrow as we come to the end of Kindness week. Have you been filling in yours?

You can email me with your ideas for activities, about what you've been doing, or your ways to be kind by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Here's the rainbow kindness sheet, you can fill it in with all the different ways you've been showing kindness! I'll show you my completed one tomorrow!

Day 33 - Wednesday 20th of May

We're half way through Kindness week already! What have you been doing to be kind?

I thought I'd make some cards today for my friends Kiki the Kangaroo and Derek the Penguin. I can post these to them. I know that will really make them smile! 

As well as being kind to others, it's super-important to be kind to ourselves, too! We can do this by not putting ourselves down and congratulating ourselves whenever we achieve something - even if it's only a small thing! Next time you get a job done, like school work or chores, give yourself a little pat on the back and say 'Well done!' Ha ha!

In lockdown it's easy to get fed-up or frustrated, so being kind to yourself and people you live with (who might also feel a bit fed-up or frustrated) is super-duper important!

Someone who has been feeling a bit like that is James. He emailed me saying that he loves all kinds of sports, so it's very sad and frustrating that he can't really play them at the moment. But then he said today he's feeling very happy because he played his first cricket match in his alleyway - and although it was hard work it was REALLY fun! Look, here's a picture:

Well that's given me an idea for Work-out Wednesday! I'm going to practise some catching and throwing with my mum. I'm not great with hand-eye coordination (although that's not being very kind to myself!) but you know what they say... practice makes perfect!

Anyway I'd better get going, I've got cards to be making and throwing and catching to be practising! AND my school work!

I'd love to see what you've been doing for Work-out Wednesday or work-out any day of the week! Have you managed to carry on playing sport during lockdown, like James has?

You can email me your ideas for activities, what you've been doing in lockdown, or the ways or ways you've been staying sporty at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Ah here I am with Kiki and Derek before lockdown. Hopefully my card will make them as happy as this again!

Day 32 - Tuesday 19th of May

Ahh, another Try-out Tuesday and the second day of Kindess week!

Did you do the sheet from my diary yesterday and think of lots of ways we can be kind? I had a few ideas, here are some:

  • Remember to use my manners, say 'please' and 'thank you'
  • Compliment others, for example 'I love the jumper you're wearing!' or 'Your hair looks nice today!'
  • Apologise if I say something or do something unkind (although try not to do those things in the first place).

What else did you come up with?

For Try-out Tuesday I thought I'd try something arty, inspired by Noah and Benjamin who sent me some fab pictures, look!

It's called Hand Pop Art and it's inspired by the famous artist Andy Warhol, have you heard of him? Well if you want to have a go at creating some Hand Pop Art (or Hoof Pop Art in my case), here's what to do, (remember to ask your grown-up at home before you do this as it could be a bit messy!):

You will need:

  • Paper or card in bright, contrasting colours
  • Big piece of paper (any colour)
  • Paint (this can be black or another colour)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

And here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Draw round your hand on some coloured card, using the pencil.
  2. Then cut around the hand very carefully, you might need an adult to help with the scissors.
  3. You can use that cut-out to make three more hands  - draw round the cut-out and then cut those out too.
  4. Once you've done that you should have four cut-out hand shapes.
  5. Glue each of these onto a piece of different colour card, as you can see Noah and Benjamin have done in the picture, (look underneath the black paint).
  6. Stick these four pieces of card to your big piece of paper and trim off any excess from the big piece underneath.
  7. Paint your hands with black paint.
  8. Carefully place your hand onto the cut-out hand to make the print, then carefully (again) peel your hand away.
  9. Now leave your masterpiece to dry!
  10. Lastly, send a picture to me!

Phew, it's tired me out just writing that!

Well I'd better get started on my Hoof Pop Art. After I've done that I'm going to be all arted out!

I'd love to use another one of your ideas for the next Try-out Tuesday, so please keep sending them to me!

You can email me with your ideas for activities, about what you've been doing, or your ways to be kind by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Try-out Tuesday is all about doing something new, here's a picture of me learning the guitar!

My daily diary

Day 31 - Monday 18th of May

It's Monday again! Did you have a good weekend? 

Now this week is a special week - do you know why? It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and it's all about kindness! Our mental health just means how we feel inside, so it's a bit different to our normal, physical health - though that's still important too! 

How we feel inside involves all our feelings and emotions - if we feel happy, sad, excited, lonely... the list goes on! These feelings are often affected by other people, too, and that is why it's super important to always be kind to people!

Since it's Mindful Monday, I've been thinking about how we can be kind to other people and ourselves. If you click on the picture below, you can print out (or draw your own version of) the activity sheet. I'm going to write down some ways in which we can be kind, and maybe draw some ways too - you can do whichever you prefer!

Why don't you send me all your ideas? I'd love to see them. 

Thinking about being kind reminded me of something! Corban emailed me telling me about loads of things he's been growing at home, including herbs, flowers, carrots and tomatoes! That's loads, and he's only 4! It made me think, we can be kind to plants too. 

Now that might sound a bit silly - but plants will only grow if we care for them, giving them water, light, space and air, just in the same way humans need food and fresh air to grow! Corban has been checking the seedlings every moring, and watering them every morning, too! He has obviously been very kind and caring to all his different plants, or they wouldn't have grown so well! 

Here's a great picture of them from a couple of weeks ago - I wonder if they've grown much since then.

Well anyway, I'd better get going - I'm going to start my day by doing the kindness sheet, and then I'm going to make sure I'm super duper kind to my family all day... and all week... and after that too, of course!

You can email me with your ideas for activities, about what you've been doing, or your ways to be kind by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

This is a picture of me with my mum and dad - it's really important to be kind to them!

My daily diary

Day 30 - Friday 15th of May

Wow! It's day 30 of my diary already - that's a whole month! I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I have writing it.

And another Wow!... because it's Friday, already!

That means it's Friendship Friday, so later on I'm going to call my friends Kiki the Kangaroo and Derek the Penguin. I could even show them the baking I've been doing. (Derek loves baking, he'll make a great judge for my biscuits!) 

That reminds me - I must show you what I've made. I decided to make SCARF biscuits to celebrate our week of telling you about my SCARF. They're a bit messy... but VERY tasty! Have you been doing any baking in lockdown? I'd love to see your culinary creations!

Look, I tried to do the SCARF colours too - can you tell? I did some stars as well, since we're all being stars in lockdown (and not in lockdown, too) but they burnt a bit - whoops!

Well anyway, since it's the last day of the school week, it's the last day of me telling you about my SCARF. And you'll never guess what the last letter 'F' stands for... it's Friendship! Yes that's right, today is a double-whammy Friendship Friday!

It's important to remember that even if we can't actually see our friends and play with them, we can still communicate and have fun together! That's why I call Kiki and Derek. We always have such a laugh! How are you keeping in touch with your friends? 

Well we're almost at the weekend, hasn't this week gone quickly?! What are you going to be doing this weekend? I've had an idea for a project, inspired by Thomas and Charlotte. They sent me this magnificent masterpiece of a T-Rex which they made from just twigs and sticks. 

It's ROARsome! You could even say it's T-rex-iffic!

I think I'm going to try and make a giraffe - although that could be a bit tricky! Why don't you have a go and send me a picture of your creations? I LOVE seeing what you've been doing, it brightens my day!

Well I'd better get going - I've got friends to call! (I'm making the most of Friendship Friday - though I'd say it's Friendship day every day of the week!)

You can email me with your ideas for activities, about what you've been doing, or your fantastic creations by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Here I am making my biscuits - it was very fun! 

My daily diary

Day 29 - Thursday 14th of May

Ahh, it's Thinking of Others Thursday again! Thursday is one of my favourite days because sometimes I call my grandma and grandad so they know I'm still thinking of them!

I think it is very important to show your friends and family that you care about them, and there's lots of ways we can do this! Why don't you have a go at this activity sheet - it's all about thinking of other people's feelings.

You could even send me the letter you write!

Another way I'm going to be thinking of others for Thinking of Others Thursday is by doing Clap for Carers at 8 o'clock this evening. It's a little bit past my bedtime but mum says it's okay because it is for a very good cause! My next-door-neighbour is a nurse and she says it's lovely that people appreciate all the hard work they are putting in, and the risk they are putting themselves at to help all of us!

Well anyway, as you'll remember I'm telling you all about my SCARF this week. I can't believe we're nearly at the end of it! The fourth letter of my SCARF is 'R' for Resilience. Resilience is all about picking yourself up again when things go wrong, or bouncing back when you've been feeling sad. I think I've been resilient in lots of ways during lockdown - and I'm sure you have, too! For example, it makes me sad that I can't see my friends, but when I start to feel lonely I call them online or do something else to distract myself - then I'll feel happy again! Sometimes I find my school work a bit tricky and want to give up! But instead of quitting I ask my mum or dad for help and we work it out together - that's resilience! How do you think you show resilience? I'd love to hear all your ideas - please send them to me!

Well I'd better get going - today I'm going to do some baking! I tried to make biscuits yesterday but unfortunately they went a bit wrong... so in the true spirit of resilience I'm going to try again today! I'll let you know how it goes!

You can email me with your ideas for activities or just about what you've been doing by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Here I am with my grandad. I miss seeing him and my grandma, but calling them really cheers me up!

My daily diary

Day 28 - Wednesday 13th of May

It's Work-out Wednesday, what exercise are you going to do today? Lily and Alfie sent me this picture of them riding their bikes, Alfie's only just learnt how to, but they both cycle six miles every day! Wow!

I find it quite hard to ride my bike... my neck's a bit long... I'm great at dancing though! Today I'm going to make up some dance routines to some super songs that Conall sent me for my 2.6 challange. I loved them so much that I'm going to use them again!

Maybe you could make up a dance to one of them, too! Here they are:

- Cha-cha Slide

- Macarena

- Uptown Funk

Some fab songs, thanks Conall!

Do you remember my word search from yesterday? Did you try to do it? Well here are the answers in case you did! Click on the word search to make it bigger.

How did you do?

It's the third day of the week (already!) so I'm going to tell you about the third letter of my SCARF. It's 'A' for Achievement. Since lockdown started I think I've achieved lots of things, even if they're only small! Growing my carrot tops, completing school work and doing my 2.6 challenge have all been little achievements for me! Every time I achieve something I feel very happy inside. What achievements have you made in lockdown - or even before lockdown? Let me know!

Well, I'd better get going, I've got dance routines to make!

You can email me with your ideas for activities or just about what you've been doing, and your achievements, by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Here's me with my achievement certificate!

 

My daily diary

Day 27 - Tuesday 12th of May

Another Try-out Tuesday! Today I'm going to try something completely new to me - FRENCH! Logan sent me one of his favourite songs, Frère Jacques, which is sung entirely in French. If you click here you can listen to it and sing along!

Since it's the second day of the week, I'm going to be telling you about the second letter in my SCARF - 'C'. Can you guess what it stands for? It's Caring! I always try to be very kind and caring. You can be caring in lots of different ways, too - big and small! One way we can care for people is by helping them. In fact that reminds me of a song Libby sent to me, which is 'I'd do anything' from the musical Oliver Twist. It's all about doing things for others and helping the people you care about! Ahh!

What sort of things do you do to show that you care about people? Let me know! It's especially important at the moment to help and care for other people. That's what all our key workers are doing, as well as grown-ups at home. In fact each and every one of us are all helping each other in different ways.

You'll remember from yesterday that I was going to make a word search from my favourite book, Captain Coram. Well I did it today, and now you can try and find the words, as well as making your own. (You can use the blank grid below, or draw it yourself!) I'll reveal the answers in my diary tomorrow, so in the meantime let me know if you can find all my special words! (Click on the picture below to try my word search - you can print it out or try it on your screen.)

Click on the picture below to make your own wordsearch!

Thomas also sent me a word search that he made all about VE Day, which was on Friday. Click on it to make it bigger or print it out. Can you spot all the words?

Well I'd better get going, I've got a busy day ahead of me! What are you doing to stay busy this week?

You can email me with your ideas for activities or just about what you've been doing by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Harold and book
Here I am reading my favourite book, Captain Coram. Can you find important words from it in my word search?

My daily diary

Day 26 - Monday 11th of May

Ahh it's Monday again! Did you have a good weekend? It was very sunny where I live so my daily exercise was lovely and warm!

Today it's Mindful Monday so I've been thinking about what I could do this week to keep myself busy, as well as school work of course! I thought I could tell you all about my SCARF - why I wear it and what it means.

Did you know that each letter of SCARF stands for a different word? I think I will tell you about a different letter each day of this week. If you think you know what any of them stand for, or you think you can have a good guess, let me know!

So the first letter is 'S'. Have you got any guesses what that stands for? It's Safety.

There are a lot of things we can do to stay safe at the moment. Most importantly I stay at home and inside, but if I ever go out (like to the shop) I wash my hands very thoroughly with warm soapy water.

That's not the only way we can stay safe, either. It's important to stay safe on the internet, like when I call my friends or grandparents. My mum is great at helping me stay safe online, but she helps me to stay safe with other things too, at home, like using scissors if I'm cutting something out, or using a knife if I'm chopping fruit or veg.

Do you remember Connor's book review word search idea from last week? Over the weekend I read one of my favourite books, Captain Coram. So for Mindful Monday I'm going to put my tablet away and focus on thinking of some words to create my word search. Why don't you have a go too at making a book review word search, like Connor. You can test it out on people in your family... and me! I'd love to see your word searches, and the books you've been reading.

Well I'd better get going, I need to start picking out important words from my book to create the word search.

You can email me about what you've been up to, or any ideas for what I can do this week by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Here's me with my scarf. I wear it every day!

 

My daily diary

Day 25 - Friday 8th of May

I'm back - and ready to write my diary!

Here's my bunting! Do you like it?

Bunting1

My mum helped me a bit with it. It wasn't too tricky. Maybe you'd like to make some. Here's what you need to make it:

  • Some odd bits of cardboard - nothing fancy!
  • Some felt tips or coloured pencils or paint. Or you could even stick things on it like bits of old wrapping paper or things cut from magazines!
  • A hole punch - if you don't have one, you could make the holes using a sharp pencil. If you're using a pencil, put something soft or squishy underneath the card, like Blu-tac or a sponge, and rest this on the table. Push the pencil through the card - this way you won't prick yourself.
  • A pair of scissors (ask a grown-up which ones are safe to use!)
  • A ruler and pencil.
  • A bit of old ribbon or some string.

And here's how I made it:

  1. First I cut out some triangle shapes. My mum helped me to measure these out - we used a ruler and pencil for this, to make sure that they were the same size, but you don't have to. And you don't have to make triangle shapes, either! You could do squares, circles, rectangles, parallelograms, trapeziums... dodecagons! (Ha, ha, ha! Can you tell that I've been learning about different shapes from my school home learning pack?!)
  2. Then I decorated the shapes. Do you like my rainbow theme?
  3. Next I made holes in them, ready to thread the ribbon through so that I could hang my bunting.
  4. Finally, I threaded them all onto a ribbon. Hey presto! 

Some people are having VE Day celebrations with bunting today. I'm using mine for my thank you to key workers! I'm going to hang it in my window. I found some facts about VE day from the brilliant BBC Newsround website. Click HERE if you'd like to read them, too!

Today is Friday - so that means Friendship Friday. It's all about connecting with others. It's the day that I always try to talk with Grandma and Grandad.  Now I come to Connor's second idea from his message to me! Do you remember that I mentioned it yesterday? Well, Connor really likes reading and sometimes - for his school work, I think - he has to write book reviews.

He's come up with a brilliant idea for a book review with a difference! Here's what he does... When he's finished a book he makes some of the words from it into a word search. Then he gives this to his mum! She has to complete the word search challenge! 

The words he chooses are all particular ones from the book. Not just any old word like 'the' or 'very'! He chooses special words, like people's names, places and special or important objects from the story.

That's so brilliant!

And I've decided that I'm going to make a word search today for my grandma and grandad! I can send it to them in an email. They love doing puzzles - especially my grandma - and it will show them that I'm thinking of them. I might even hide the words 'grandma' and 'grandad' into my word search! And maybe 'Harold', too!

That gives me another idea! I could put a book word search into my diary and then you could do it - and you could guess the book that it's from! 

I'd better get started! This is going to take me some time!

You can email me with your ideas for activities or just about what you've been doing by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

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My Thank You Bunting!

My daily diary

Day 24 - Thursday 7th of May

It's Thinking of Others Thursday - again! The weeks seem to be going by quite quickly.

Did you have a good Workout Wednesday? I did over 100 skips with my skipping rope! I used to only be able to do 50 before getting in a tangle! I've been practising, though, and I'm getting better at it! Practice makes perfect as they say!

I need to say thank you to Connor for today's diary idea - in fact for TWO ideas! Connor wrote to me and told me about all the things he's been doing while his school is closed. I can't believe how much he's done! Here are just some of the things...

  • Planting sunflowers, peas, beans, chillies and courgettes (I hope they all grow into wonderful big plants, Connor!)
  • Taekwondo using Zoom! 
  • Walking 
  • School work (like me!)
  • Cooking pizza and spaghetti
  • And....Making bunting for VE day!

So that has given me an idea. I'm going to make bunting today and maybe you could make some, too. I'm just going to make it by cutting out triangles from pieces of card or thick paper - maybe I could use some old cardboard boxes! Then I'm going to decorate the triangles and finally stick them to some string. I wonder how I can fasten them to the string. I'll have to think about that! 

Here's what bunting looks like - have you seen any?

 

Red, Decorations, Blue, Triangle, Banner, Party, Flags

Lots of people have been making bunting - like Connor and his mum - for VE day. I don't know much about that so I'm going to find out some VE day facts today! Perhaps you know some already and could tell me some facts that you know? 

I'm going to decorate my bunting with rainbows then hang it up outside to say thank you to all those people who are helping us now, like the NHS, and teachers who are still going into schools, and people who work in shops and the police and fire services. All of them are working so that I can keep safe and I think that's very kind. So my rainbow bunting will be to say thank you to all those people who are keeping us safe. Just right for Thinking of Others Thursday! Perhaps I could hang it in my window.

I don't know whether to paint my rainbows or draw them with felt tips - or maybe coloured pencils! I'll have a think.

Anyway, Connor also had another brilliant idea for an activity - but I'll save that for another day! Because now it's time for my school work. Then it's bunting time!

You can email me with facts about VE day or about what you've been up to by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

 
.bunting
 
This is me, falling on the grass after my hundred skips! Ha ha ha!

 

My daily diary

Day 23 - Wednesday 6th of May

Would you like to see the carrot tops that I've been growing? You might remember that I mentioned them in my diary, yesterday.

Look! Here they are! Perhaps you'd like to grow some. This is how to do it:

First of all, with a grown-up helper (for safety) and with permission, of course, cut the tops of some ordinary bald little carrot tops, like this...

Carrot1

Then add some water and wait...

...and wait (you have to be patient now!)

Then if it all goes well, this should happen...

Carrot 2

Here's another picture of them...

carrot 3

I like the bright green of their new leaves! Mum says we can't eat them, but it's fun to watch them growing with the water, air, light and space that they have.

I'll take some pictures of the potato we planted and show you those soon, too!

Well it's Workout Wednesday again already! I'm going to do some more skipping challenges today. What are you doing for your daily exercise? Sometimes I do my daily mile walk but I don't do that every day at the moment because I'm staying at home. But skipping is great fun and it really tires me out! 

You can email me about what you've been up to by writing to me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx


My daily diary

Day 22 - Tuesday 5th of May

It's Try-out Tuesday again! I'm going to try growing something today. This idea came from some photographs that Rory sent me, last week.

Rory has been growing sunflowers from some seeds. Look! Here are some pictures of Rory growing and measuring the new plants!

Sunflower 1

Look! Here's a close-up of the measuring!

Sunflower 2

And here are all three of the sunflower plants!

Sunflower 3

Can you see? Rory, his brother Matthew and his mum are all growing a sunflower. Rory's was the tallest on the 24th of April.

I wonder if it still is?

And it was Rory's birthday last Wednesday, too! He's seven now. 

Humans are a bit like plants - we grow when we're younger. And we need lots of the same things that plants need to help them grow. Can you guess the different things that plants need to grow?

Have a look at this funny CBBC film to see if you guessed correctly!

I don't have any seeds and I can't really go out to the shops to buy some, but my mum found some carrots and potatoes that we'd forgotten about, in a paper bag. The carrots had started to grow little green leaves from the tops. And the potatoes had long white stalks growing out of them. So we planted the potato in some soil. (You don't even need a garden to grow potatoes! You can grow them in a big bucket!) 

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you what happened.

Maybe you could try out something new for Try-out Tuesday. It doesn't have to be growing something. It could be something like reading a book you've never read before, writing a poem, or making something from things like empty cereal packets.

Whatever you decide to do I hope you have a lovely day.

Thank you Rory for these brilliant photographs, and to all of you for all the lovely messages and ideas you're sending me! I love reading them all! And everyone who sends me a message or an idea gets one of my special certificates! 

You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

 


My daily diary

Day 21 - Monday 4th of May

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was very, very busy!

I sang my 26 songs for my 2.6 challenge - five for each part of my wellbeing wheel...

5 about being active

5 about being creative

5 about having mindful, calm moments

5 about connecting with others

5 about giving to others.

I sang all the songs you suggested in my 26 songs. 

Then I realised that 5 x 5 is 25. Only 25! Quick! I thought, I need to sing another song to complete my challenge. Then I remembered one of the songs that I sing to the friends I meet when I'm visiting schools! It was perfect - it had something about every part of the wellbeing wheel so it was the perfect final song! Like a little crown on my crooning challenge! Ha ha! Crooning is another word for singing! 

I enjoyed it so much that I made a film of this song to show you (with a bit of help from my mum, of course!) Would you like to see it?

There's even a bit with my grandma and grandad on from when I went to stay with them! Don't worry - that was ages ago! I didn't leave home to make the film. I'm still staying safe inside! 

Here it is....

Me, singing I believe in me!

Here's a little activity for you - listen to the words of the song and make a list of these things...

- Things you can do that you couldn't do when you were little.

- Things you can do now - things you like and that you're good at.

- Things that you'd like to be better at, that you could practise over and over and improve at.

- Things you'd like to be in the future, when you're grown up - and what you need to do now to achieve your goals!

And remember, we all need a little help sometimes and we all need a bit of belief in ourselves - we need to try and try, and be our best!

Well, it's Mindful Monday again, so I'm going now to write down my ideas for things I'd like to be able to do when I'm older, then I'm going to listen to some of my lovely calming songs and have a little rest. All that singing has made me quite tired!

But I'll be back tomorrow with some more activities and ideas for Try-out Tuesday!

Thank you for all the lovely messages and ideas you're sending me! I love reading them all! And everyone who sends me a message or an idea gets one of my special certificates! (Did you spot mine in the video?)

You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk.

REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Certificate

My daily diary

Day 20 - Friday 1st of May

May! It's the first of May already!

Sorry that my diary is a bit late! I've been really, really busy again!

I've been doing my school work and also... practising my GUITAR!

Yes! I'm learning some chords on the guitar for my 2.6 challenge singathon, this weekend! 
I'm so excited to be singing all the songs that you've suggested. 26 of them!

Today is Friendship Friday and I'm going to have a rehearsal for my weekend singathon by singing some songs to my grandma. I'll have to do it through our computer - I hope that she'll be able to hear me ok!

I hope you're having a good day. I spoke to my friend, Derek yesterday. He told me a funny story. Derek loves baking. He was making some buns but he accidentally dropped the bag of flour on the floor and it went EVERYWHERE! He said that he looked like a polar bear, not a penguin!

Maybe I'll try to make some cupcakes next week! So much to do! I'd better go now and practise my guitar a bit more, ready for my 2.6 challenge!

Thanks to all of you who've sent me ideas for songs to include in it. And make sure you check my diary on Monday to see some pictures from it!

Remember to keep sending me your ideas for songs - or for fun things to do in May! You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me, and have a great Friendship Friday.

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Guitar6
Here's me practising my guitar!

My daily diary

Day 19 - Thursday 30th of April

Thursday afternoon - already! 

I hope you had a great Workout Wednesday!

I had a wet Workout Wednesday, did you? I went for my daily exercise in the rain and I took my big umbrella!

I was also working out some dance routines for some of the 26 songs that I'm going to be singing this weekend for my 2.6 challenge! 

Thanks to Leah for getting in touch, about her own 2.6 challenge. Leah's going to be running 2.6 miles! That's a lot of running! She said that she's doing this to raise funds for children who might be struggling in lockdown. Aaaaaaw. That's great, Leah. I hope that your run goes well. Maybe you'll be running at the same time that I'm singing! 

Leah is going to run 2.6 miles for her 2.6 challenge!

Leah's really thinking of others. Hey! It's Thinking of others Thursday, today - I've been thinking of some more songs that are about thinking of or helping others. I've come up with these...

You're my best friend, by Queen

One call away, by Charlie Puth

You've got a friend in me, by Randy Newman.

Please keep sending me your ideas for songs - I've still got a way to go before I get 26! You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me, and have a great Thinking of others Thursday!

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

 
Harold Rain
This is me doing my daily exercise in the rain, yesterday!

My daily diary

Day 18 - Wednesday 29th of April

It’s Workout Wednesday so I’m creating a dance routine for one of my 2.6 challenge songs. I love dancing! It gets my heart pumping and makes me feel great, too. Do you have any favourite dance moves? Perhaps you could make up a dance routine as well.

It’s great having so many songs suggested from you. Thank you for helping me! Poppy and Quinn even sent me a song for every one of the Wellbeing Wheel parts! Here are some of them...

Shotgun by George Ezra, What makes you Beautiful by One Direction, The Baked Potato Song by Matt Lucas (because it's for charity!), Angel by Sarah McLachlan (a great Mindful one!) and another great one for relaxing to is Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers – that is so peaceful!

Thanks so much for those, Poppy and Quinn! Hey! And thank you to Ben, too, who also suggested George Ezra's Shotgun! That's a popular one! And I really liked your idea of singing Happy Birthday for one of the Connect with Others songs as well, Quinn. I bet your uncle was really pleased when you sang that for him on Tuesday!

My friend Kiki sent me a message earlier, suggesting Reach for the stars by S Club 7 - it’s a great song to bounce to as well! And she loves to bounce!

It’s a bit rainy again today so I might need my umbrella and wellies for my walk this morning. Hopefully there will be some puddles to splash in! 

Have a great Workout Wednesday everyone. Please keep sending me your ideas for songs! I'm really enjoying listening to them - you can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Harold colouring
Do you remember this activity? I'm making this Happy Sad puppet today, too! xxx

 

My daily diary

Day 17 - Tuesday 28th of April

Tuesday afternoon

It's Try-out Tuesday and I'm trying out songs that I can sing for my  2.6 challenge Thank you to everyone who has suggested songs for this! I'm going to need your ideas because 26 songs is a lot! Here are three I’ll definitely be singing at the weekend ...

  1. Can’t stop the feeling, by Justin Timberlake - I think that's a great one to dance to as well as sing to!
  2. Happy, by Pharrell Williams. My family loves this song!
  3. Count on me, by Bruno Mars. That's a great song about friendship. Aaaaah!

I’m hoping to film one of my songs at the weekend to share with my friends and family. I think Grandma will like it! I've been learning some chords on the guitar too as part of my Try-out Tuesday! I’m really looking forward to my 2.6 challenge - do you have a challenge planned? 

Please keep sending me your ideas for songs - you can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx


Wellbeing wheel Harold
Here's me with a Wellbeing Wheel! Can you think of songs to fit in each group?

My daily diary

Day 16 - Monday 27th of April

Monday afternoon

Did you guess my idea?

I've decided that for my 2.6 challenge I'm going to choose 26 different songs to sing next weekend!

I love singing - if I've visited your school you'll already know that I always like to sing a song to you!

Can you help me think of 26 songs?

Do you remember my wellbeing wheel? Well I'm going to choose songs that help me to do the 5 different things! Like this...

  1. Be Active - songs to get me moving and keep me fit!
  2. Get Creative - songs that I can make a dance routine to!
  3. Mindful Moments - songs that help me to feel calm and peaceful and for relaxing to.
  4. Connect with Others - songs that my family like. Then we can all sing them together!
  5. Give to Others - songs about friends and friendship!

If you can think of any songs that would help me reach my target of singing 26 songs - from these groups - I'd love to hear your ideas. You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Love from Harold xxx

Find out more about the 2.6 challenge

 

Monday morning

Hellooooo!

I've not had time to write my diary yet, because I'm thinking of ideas for my 2.6 Challenge!

I think I've got a plan! It's something that I love doing, and something that's fun - and I don't need any special equipment to do it!

Can you guess what it is?

Come back this afternoon to find out! I'll have had time to write about it by then! See you later!

Love from Harold xxx 

PS - here's a picture clue! Can you guess?

Musical, Heart, Love, Passion, Romance, Valentine

 

 

 

 

Light Bulb, Ideas, Sketch, I Think, Discovery

My daily diary

Day 15 - Friday 24th of April

Friday again! Already!

Did you have a good Thursday? A good Thinking of others Thursday? I went outside with a pan and a wooden spoon for clapping-time at 8p.m. last night. Did you do that, too? It was amazing. I could hear the noise of people clapping far away, even though I couldn't see them all. Aaaaah! It was brilliant! I also helped with putting away the washing and I learnt how to clean the windows! That was fun.

Well it's going to be Friendship Friday today for me. Do you remember the Wellbeing Wheel and the 'Connect' part of it? That's when we make a special effort to connect  - join up - with others, like our friends and family.  We can't all connect next to each other at the moment, but on Friendship Friday I sometimes talk to my grandma (on the phone) who I've not visited for aaaaages! 

I've been thinking of some more ideas for connecting and I've got a little thinking puzzle that I'm going to do with my grandma or my grandad - maybe both of them!

Hey! Maybe you'd like to do this, too! Look - it's just here. If you click on this picture below and make it bigger, you'll see what you need to do. It's all about finding out things that we have in common - that's things we agree about - with other people. If you can print the picture then you can write on it, but if you can't you can copy the ideas onto some paper!

time to talk

I think that when I talk to my grandma and grandad it cheers them up - and it cheers ME up, too! So we all feel happier.

I hope you have a great, friendly, fabulous, fantastic Friday and a fun weekend! Keep emailing me your pictures and messages. I love seeing them and reading your ideas for keeping healthy. You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

See you on Mindful Monday!

Love from Harold xxx

 
My friends
Here's a picture of me and my friends from last summer - I really miss them, but at least I can still speak to them on the phone!

My daily diary

Day 14 - Thursday 23rd of April

It's Thinking of others Thursday for me, today. On Thursdays I try and remember to make an extra special effort to be helpful at home. 

I'm going to make a list of all the things I can do to be helpful. I've had an idea! I'm going to think of people I know who are helpful and kind to me! Then I can try doing some of the things they do to be kind and caring! A bit like pass the parcel, but pass the kindness, instead!

You can try this, too! If you click on this picture, below, it will grow bigger. Then maybe you can print it - or if you don't have a printer you can copy down the ideas and fill them in on some paper. 

kind and caring

I had a great day, yesterday doing my animal exercises for Workout Wednesday! If you missed that don't worry - it's not too late! You can see them on yesterday's diary. 

Have a thoroughly thoughtful, thinking, thankful, thrilling Thursday - I just invented another tongue twister! Keep emailing me your pictures and messages. I love seeing them and reading your ideas for keeping healthy. You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

See you tomorrow!

Love from Harold xxx


Remember...
Kindness, Chalk, Handwritten, Word
It's Thinking of others Thursday!

My daily diary

Day 13 - Wednesday 22nd of April

I slept a lot better last night. If you look at the photograph of me you might be able to guess what helped me!

Yes! It was my new giraffe eye-mask! It helped to block out the light so that I was able to get to sleep much quicker.

Did you see my sleep quiz, yesterday! Here it is again - this time with the answers and some reasons for why these sleep tips work, from sleep scientist Matthew Walker...

Six Special Sleep tips quiz

1.To help your body go to sleep, which is better, a or b?

a) Go to bed at the same time, every night - including at weekends.

b) Vary the time that you go to bed - it makes no difference.

CORRECT ANSWER IS: a) This is because our bodies work better - and sleep much better - when we have regular routines. So going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning, is the NUMBER 1 best thing that scientists recommend for getting a really good night's sleep! 

2. Exercise is great for keeping healthy, but when it comes to helping you sleep which is better, a or b?

a) Exercise during the daytime and at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.

b) Exercise just before you go to bed, because it will tire you out.

CORRECT ANSWER IS: a) It's true that exercise helps us to sleep better, but not too near to bedtime, because that just wakes us up and makes us feel all lively! So quiet calm activities before bedtime are the best.

3. Now a question about eating and drinking before bedtime. Which is better, a or b?

a) Only have a small snack and a small drink before bedtime - and not too close to bedtime.

b) Have lots to eat and drink before bedtime, so that you won't be hungry in the night.

CORRECT ANSWER IS: a) Eating and drinking a lot before we go to bed gives our tummy a lot of work to do, so that can keep us awake. Small snacks or just a drink are best.

4. This next question is about activities to do before bedtime. Which is better, a or b?

a) Do relaxing things in the hour before bedtime - such as reading a book or listening to music. 

b) Play some games and keep busy in the hour before bedtime, so that you'll be tired out.

CORRECT ANSWER IS: a) Calm, relaxing things - like the pufferfish breathing that we did on Monday - really help us to get ready to go to sleep...zzzzzz! Games and keeping busy make it harder for our brains to calm down and drop off.

5. Which of these helps us to sleep better, a or b?

a) Dim the lights, switch off all screens (tablets, TVs etc.) at least an hour before bedtime and relax - best of all in a darkened room.

b) Play some computer games before bedtime to tire your brain out.

CORRECT ANSWER IS: a) Scientists have proved that screens can make brains more active - and active brains find it hard to switch off and go to sleep. So we need to switch off screens at least an hour before bedtime to get the best night's sleep.

6. And the last question - which is better, a or b?

a) Try to get sunlight for part of the time during the daytime, so that your body knows when it's night time. That could be sitting near a window for part of the day, especially in the morning.

b) Don't worry about getting any daylight during the day - it doesn't make any difference.

CORRECT ANSWER IS: a) It's also true that having bright lights - including lots of daylight - help our brains to get into a routine of when to be WIDE AWAKE and when to be calming down! So dimming the lights an bour before bedtime really helps. 

How did you do? Did you get all the answers?

Phew! That was a lot of writing. But today is Work-out Wednesday, so I'm going to get my water bottle and get ready to do some exercises, before I settle down to my school work. 

I think I'll do these fun animal exercises! If you click on the picture and make it big, you could try them too! It's all about exercising while pretending to be different animals. I think it could be fun!

Animal exercies

I hope you get chance to do some exercise, today. Keep emailing me your pictures and messages. I love seeing them and reading your ideas for keeping healthy. You can email me at cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

See you tomorrow!

Love from Harold xxx

 
Harold sleep mask
 
This is me - fast asleep! Zzzzzzzzzz!

My daily diary

Day 12 - Tuesday 21st of April

I'm finding it hard to go to sleep at night and even harder to wake up and then get up at my usual school time in the morning. It's so light in the evening, too! Do any of you have the same problem? I think it's because I went to bed a little bit later during the holidays and I got up a little bit later, too. Now my sleep is all upside down!

Hey! That gives me an idea of something I can try today. It's Try-out Tuesday, so I'm going to try out some different things that I can do to help me go to sleep at bedtime.

First of all, I've got my bedtime star to make, and I can draw or write ideas on it for things that will help me to go to sleep.

Here's my bedtime star!

Sleep star

Maybe you could make a star, too? Either click on the picture and then print it to make your star, or draw two large triangles on some cardboard - both the same size - then stick them together to make a star.

I've got a quiz, too! Would you like to try to do the sleep quiz? I made up the questions from a book by a sleep scientist! He's called Matthew Walker and he's written a whole book on how sleep can help us to keep healthy - if we get enough of it, that is!

Here are some questions. Can you guess the right answers?

Six Special Sleep tips!  Try this sleep quiz....

1.To help your body go to sleep, which is better, a or b?

a) Go to bed at the same time, every night - including at weekends.

b) Vary the time that you go to bed - it makes no difference.

2. Exercise is great for keeping healthy, but when it comes to helping you sleep which is better, a or b?

a) Exercise during the daytime and at least 2 to 3 hours before bedime.

b) Exercise just before you go to bed, because it will tire you out.

3. Now a question about eating and drinking before bedtime. Which is better, a or b?

a) Only have a small snack and a small drink before bedtime - and not too close to bedtime.

b) Have lots to eat and drink before bedtime, so that you won't be hungry in the night.

4. This next question is about activities to do before bedtime. Which is better, a or b?

a) Do relaxing things in the hour before bedtime - such as reading a book or listening to music. 

b) Play some games and keep busy in the hour before bedtime, so that you'll be tired out.

5. Which of these helps us to sleep better, a or b?

a) Dim the lights, switch off all screens (tablets, TVs etc.) at least an hour before bedime and relax - best of all in a darkened room.

b) Play some computer games before bedtime to tire your brain out.

6. And the last question - which is better, a or b?

a) Try to get sunlight for part of the time during the daytime, so that your body knows when it's night time. That could be sitting near a window for part of the day, especially in the morning.

b) Don't worry about getting any daylight during the day - it doesn't make any difference.

Can you guess the answers? I'll write them in my diary tomorrow! I'm going to make my star now. I'm going to get creative for Try-out Tuesday!

Have a happy Tuesday and maybe you could send a picture or message to me by emailing cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

See you tomorrow!

Love from Harold xxx

Sleeping panda
I'm glad I don't have to sleep in a tree, like this panda!

My daily diary

Day 11 - Monday 20th of April

A new week and a new term! I'm leaving my stay-at-home holiday diary behind - byeee! And going back to my daily diary - hellooo!

Do you like this picture of me flying the paper helicopter that I made? 

If you want, you can draw a picture like it, too. Or maybe you could print this picture and then colour it in.

I had a lot of fun making different sized helicopters and seeing which ones flew the best. 

Helicopter

My paper helicopter!  If you click on the picture, you can make it bigger and maybe print it and colour it in.

Well, it's a new term - but a bit different to usual. I'm going to start the new week with my wellbeing wheel. Do you remember it from right at the start of my diary - four weeks ago?

Today is Monday, so I'm going to do some Monday Mindful Moments - that's MMM!

Wellbeing Wheel

The Wellbeing Wheel - things we can do each day to help us feel happy and healthy.

I wonder what I could do? Oh, I remember now that my mum found a really amazing film of a pufferfish (not a real one!) doing some calming breathing. I think I'll watch the film and practise my calming breathing. It's really useful for when I feel upset or grumpy. I can do it when I get cross, like when things don't go right. I do ten pufferfish breaths, and that helps me to calm down. Do you have something that you do to help, if you need to calm down? Maybe you could try the pufferfish breathing, too!

Here's where you can watch the film - remember to check with a grown-up before you do, though.

PUFFERFISH CALMING BREATHING 

Here's a picture of a pufferfish, too! 

Puffer, Fish, Spikes, Blow, Face, Defense, Cartoon

I might get my planner out, too, and make a plan for the week. I've got my new home-learning pack from school and that's going to keep me busy!

I hope you have a happy Monday and maybe you could send a picture or message to me by emailing cle@coram.org.uk. REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

See you tomorrow!

Love from Harold xxx



My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 12 - Friday 17th of April

Friday again! It seems to come around so quickly.

I've been busy today making paper helicopters like the one I saw Tim Peake make.

It was very good fun and tomorrow I'll try to get some photographs of them for you to see, but I'm a bit busy at the moment reading the tongue-twisters that you've sent me!

Here's one of my favourites, from Edward...

Bingo Bungo bought a bangle from the bangle business, bongo!

Byeee!

I love that and I would love to meet Bingo Bungo! Sounds like a fun kind of person - or maybe Bingo Bungo is an animal. Maybe Bingo Bungo is a badger, or a buffalo or even a bird, like my friend Derek (who is a penguin!)

Here's one that Ela and Elif sent a film of, too!

Can you say that one? 

Rachel Robin rolled a rosy, red radish!

Rachel Robin rolled a rosy, red radish!

That is a really great tongue-twister, Ela and Elif!

Back to the paper helicopter flying for me! And maybe this weekend I'll have time to do some more paper folding.

Look out on Monday to see if I managed to make them work!

You can send your ideas and pictures to me by emailing cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Have a fantastic Friday and wonderful weekend!

Love from Harold xxx

Radish, Hand, Green, Kitchen, Leafs, Vegetarian
 
Is this Rachel Robin's radish?

 

My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 11 - Thursday 16th of April

 

Here's happy healthy Harold having a hilarious holiday, humming harmoniously! Ha ha ha! I'm not really! It's just my latest tongue-twister. Did you manage to invent one? You don't have to write it down - you can just say it. And did you guess the tongue-twister that goes with the picture of the shells? Yes! It's this one:

She sells sea shells, by the sea shore.

The shells that she sells are sea shells, I'm sure.

So if she sells seashells, by the seashore,

Then I'm sure she sells seashore shells.

Can you say it without going wrong! I had to try lots of times before I could say it all correctly!

I hope you had a good Wednesday. Today is Thursday already and as well as making up tongue twisters I've been reading your emails! Thanks for sending them.

Some people have sent me ideas for showing kindness. This is Reuben's idea:

"You could draw a picture of your family and post it to a grandparent to cheer them up."

I think that's a great idea, Reuben, because grandparents especially like drawings made by their grandchildren. And they keep them stuck on their fridge or on their kitchen wall for a very long time, because they are very precious.

Today I'm going to have a go at making things out of paper. I'm going to start with something easy - a paper helicopter. All I need is a scrap of paper, some scissors and a paperclip. I think I can find those things.

I saw Tim Peake - the famous astronaut, who lived in the International Space Station for six months - making one on the TV last week.  Then my mum helped me find a film showing how to make one. Here's the link to it - remember to check with a grown-up before you go to a website you don't know - How to make a paper helicopter - a short film

I think it should be quite easy! Then maybe I could try something harder, like the paper crane on the picture.

Well, whether you make up a tongue-twister or do some paper twisting experiments of your own I hope you have a happy day.

You can send your ideas and pictures to me by emailing cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Have a lovely day - and stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx

 

 
Origami, Crane, Paper, Japan, Fold

My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 10 - Wednesday 15th of April

I am having a great time reading your emails! Thanks so much for sending them to me.

Nancy sent me the idea of inventing a tongue-twister! Do you remember me talking about tongue-twisters in my diary, a few days ago? Well Nancy remembered! And she's written one all about me! Here it is...

Hang on healthy Harold!

Hold a handy hankie to

Halt your humongous ha-ha-ha....

Ha-chooooooo!

That's a sneezy tongue-twister!

Maybe you could write a tongue-twister, too? I'm going to try to make one up myself. Thanks for that one, Nancy!

And do you remember the alphabet game? Well Abigail has played it at home and she's sent me a list of objects she spotted around her house!

Here's a picture of her list!

Alphabet list

I think that the z for zip is really clever! And I love your handwriting, Abigail. Some tricky words to spell, too, so thanks to your mum for helping with some, like xylophone and.... giraffe! Like me!

Remember - I'm sending my special certificates to everyone who sends me an idea, even if I don't have time to put all the ideas in my diary! I read EVERY one of them.

You can send your ideas by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Have a wonderful Wednesday - and stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx

Seashell
Can you guess the tongue-twister that goes
with this picture?
 

My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 9 - Tuesday 14th of April

I'm back! I've been away from my stay-at-home diary for a few days, but I'm back now.

I'm going to write some new ideas today and I'd love to hear your ideas, too!

You can send ideas for things to do at home during the holidays by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask for permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Hope that you had a great weekend. Stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx

 

My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 5 - Friday 10th of April

I've having a great time looking at all the ideas that you're sending me!
I have so much to do - that's reading your ideas for games and then actually playing them!

Thanks so much to Miles for sending me this picture and message!

Miles really liked Tahlia's ideas from Wednesday's diary - he made his own cafe at home and here's a picture. There's even a menu!

Lunch

That lunch looks delicious! I love grapes and I really love carrots, too! I can also see bread and sweetcorn and cucumber. Brilliant!

That's four of your five a day of vegetables and fruit, just in one meal! Wow! Look out for your certificate that I'm sending you! Maybe it's already reached you.

There's this great smoothie recipe he sent, too!

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 avocado 
  • 1 handful spinach 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • Oat milk

I didn't have all these ingredients so I made it with milk, banana, honey and some porridge oats!

Whizz it all together for a whizzy, healthy and tasty drink!

I've been busy playing Maisie's idea from Thursday - noughts and crosses but using straws and coins instead of paper and pencils!

Do you like the picture?

Remember - I'm sending my special to certificates to everyone who sends me an idea, even if I don't have time to put all the ideas in my diary!

You can send your ideas for things to do at home during the holidays by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask for permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Have a fun Friday - and stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx

Noughts and crosses....
Harold coins 1
... with straws and coins!
Harold coins 2
You can try this game, too!

My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 4 - Thursday 9th of April

More ideas for our stay-at-home holidays!

Thanks to everyone who sent in your ideas! You are all brilliant Indoor Ideas Inventors! Here are some of them...

Lucie from Hampshire has had a brilliant idea! She's going to look in her 'things for recycling' bags and think of something she can make from the bits and piece in there! Have fun Lucie and if you get chance, you could send us a picture!

And Maisie sent a message with this really clever re-invention of a favourite game of mine - noughts and crosses! But it's different - instead of playing it with paper and pencils, use straws of twigs for the grid lines then two different kinds of coins (maybe 1ps and 2ps) instead of drawing noughts and crosses! That's so clever - and it doesn't use up any paper!

Remember - I'm sending my special to certificates to everyone who sends me an idea, even if I don't have time to write them all in my diary!

You can send your ideas for things to do at home during the holidays by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask for permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Have a happy Thursday - and stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx


Harold outside
Me - in March, before schools closed!
 

My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 3 - Wednesday 8th of April

Day 3 of my holiday indoors! Thanks for all the ideas that you've been sending me for things to do.

Here are some of them...

Matthew found some balloons and asked his mum if they could draw different feelings faces on them! They're brilliant! Can you guess the feelings?

Feelings balloons 2

Matthew's feelings balloons. Can you guess the feelings?

That reminds me! I love playing keepy-uppy balloons! You know - where you have to throw the balloon up in the air and then keep tapping it upwards before it hits the floor. That's two balloon games!

Tahlia had two ideas! 

  1. Make your own restaurant or cafe. You could make a menu and maybe make the food (with an adult helping, of course!) Then you can all enjoy it at dinner time or lunch time! Yum!
  2. Practise things that you're not brave at doing, because we have all this extra time!

What great ideas, Tahlia. Thank you!

I sometimes don't feel very brave when I have to stand up in front of a lot of people and say something - like in assembly or our school play. But I could practise this! I could learn a poem and then try saying it to all my family. Then I could try saying it in front of my grandma and grandad on our evening Facetime! Maybe it will help me to feel less nervous! I know that if we practise things then we get better at them!

You can send your ideas for things to do at home during the holidays by emailing me at cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask for permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

And I am sending my special to certificates to everyone who sends me an idea, even if I don't have room for them all on my diary!

Stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx

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My STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY!

Day 2 - Tuesday 7th of April

Wow! Thanks, all you Indoor Ideas Inventors!  I'm really enjoying all the ideas that you're sending me for things to do indoors at home.

I'm going to try out your ideas, then put them in my diary tomorrow! So if you send me an idea today look out tomorrow - you might see your name in my diary! And look out for the certificate that I'm going to send you, too!

Did you try the alphabet game, yesterday? Did you find something that began with the letters X and Z? They were tricky! What was the funniest thing you found?

Here are some more alphabet game ideas...

  • Think of a girl's name and a boy's name for every letter of the alphabet. Some names can be for a girl and a boy! They get double points!
  • Think of an animal for every letter of the alphabet. Z is easy for that one!

Keep sending me your ideas! I love reading them.

You can send your ideas by email to cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask for permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

Stay happy and healthy! 

Love from Harold xxx


MY STAY-AT-HOME HOLIDAY DIARY! Day 1 - Monday 6th of April 

Hello! It's the school holidays! It's bit different from the usual holidays, though, isn't it!

I'm going to invent some things I can do just for fun, for the next two weeks. I'm going to write the ideas in this diary so that you can see them. Then you could have some fun with them, too! My ideas will be for things do to inside! I'm going to be an Indoor Ideas Inventor! Ha ha ha!

I'll need some By Myself  things, for when everyone else is busy, as well as All Together  things for when they're not!

Hmmmm.... that's a lot to think about!

Hey! That gives me an idea! Maybe you could think of some things that are fun to do at home - during By Myself  time and All Together  time. Then you'll be an Indoor ideas Inventor, too!

Let me think! We can't go shopping for things, so we're going to need ideas for that don't need lots of stuff. (But I've got some paper and some pencils. I think I've got a glue stick, too!) We can use old cardboard boxes - in fact there are lots of things that we usually just throw away or recycle that we might be able to use too! 

Maybe you can think of some games or activities that don't need ANYTHING.

Here's an idea for a starter!

Alphabet Objects

Find 1 object in your home for every letter of the alphabet.

If you have paper and a pencil you could draw or write each object!

Treasure Hunt at Home!

I nearly forgot! My friend Jane gave me an idea for an indoor treasure hunt! Here's how it works...

  • Get some small pieces of paper or card, cut from an empty cereal packet - about the size of playing cards. The more you have, the longer the game will last, but about 10.
  • Write clues on each piece of paper or card. The clue on the first card leads the 'hunter' to the next card. Here's an example "You'll find me next to where you wash your hands..." (that means the next clue is hidden next to a sink or bathroom basin!) Or you could make the clues rhyme, with a missing word. Like this one: "When we're sleeping in our bed, this is where we rest out ____". Did you guess? The missing word is HEAD and the next clue is hidden under a PILLOW! Remember that the last clue leads to some treasure! Maybe a treat to eat - or a special card that you've made!

Can you think of any other ideas for games in the home?

If you send me your ideas I can put some of them on my diary so that everyone else can see them, too!

I'll send a special certificate to everyone who sends in an idea!

Send your ideas by email to cle@coram.org.uk - REMEMBER to ask for permission from your grown-up at home before you send your message to me!

I'm going to start by making a badge for myself that says:

Harold the Indoor Ideas Inventor!

You could make one, too!

Bye for now.

Love from Harold

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Day 10 - Friday 3rd of April

Friday again, already! And today is Friendship Friday - all about connecting with our friends and family.

I'm feeling a bit sad this morning, because on Fridays I used to go to lunchtime art club at school with my friends, Derek and Kiki. I miss Derek - he makes me laugh. And I miss Kiki because she's so full of fun. She's a bundle of bouncing energy. 

Do you like the picture of us all? There's Derek on the right. He's really good at art and he loves making us laugh. 

Kiki - she's on the left - she loves bouncing and she's really good at maths. 

Just looking at that picture has cheered me up and I've had an idea! Maybe I could talk to Kiki and Derek using my computer. I'll have to check with my mum first, but she lets me do talking with my friends on our tablet, if I ask her first. Maybe my mum could help me to talk to them both at the same time! That would be fun. Then we could do bouncing and art together - but maybe not at the same time! That would get a bit messy!

Here's a little activity that I'm going to do today - something to cheer me up if I'm feeling a bit sad. It's my Happy, Sad, Happy puppet. Would you like to make one? You can print the picture and use that, or if you don't have a printer, you can just draw around a cup and make the circles, then draw on the faces, and then follow the instructions on the sheet!

Happy Sad Happy

Your messages from yesterday have really cheered me up too. A special thank you goes to Delphi who wrote to me with some really great ideas for how she would help her sister and her mum on Thoughtful Thursday. Thank you so much Delphi! I'm going to send you one of my special certificates!

I'm going to be having a break from writing my diary over the Easter holidays, but my friend Jane gave me a really good idea for having a treasure hunt, inside the home! So if you come back on Monday, you'll be able to see it. Then maybe you could plan your own treasure hunt in your home! 

Have a fantastic Friendship Friday and remember - maybe you could get your grown-up helper to send me your ideas for being a good friend. You can find me on twitter: twitter@CoramLifeEd or 

facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

or send an email to cle@coram.org.uk 

Stay happy and healthy! See you soon.

Love from Harold xxx

 


 

Day 9 - Thursday 2nd of April

Hello! Phew! Yesterday was Work-out Wednesday. I did all of the Let's Get Moving exercises to my favourite music. The music really helped me to keep going when I was getting tired. My favourite moves were 'climb a ladder' and 'dance around'. Which ones did you like best?

Did you spot the little joke in my puzzle, yesterday? Well the date was April the 1st. Sometimes people call this April Fool's Day and they play little tricks on their friends and family, like saying: 'Oh, it's snowing!' when it isn't, or: 'There's a mouse over there!' when there isn't. They try to catch people out. My little April Fool's joke was that I said spaghetti grows on trees! Well actually, spaghetti doesn't grow on trees!  But if it did - and if it took 1 month to grow 6cm long - then it would take 4 months to grow to 24cm long!

Well done to Tabbi who was the first person to get the sum right. I hope you like your special Harold certificate Tabbi! Thanks for your lovely message!

Today it's Thoughtful Thursday. Do you remember my Wellbeing Wheel and all the 5 things we need to try to do each to help us feel happy and healthy? Well one of them is 'Think of Others'.  Let me see... that could be by helping somebody with a little job like clearing up after dinner, or maybe cheering them up if they're sad. Can you think of some ideas?

Here's a little chart for you - it's a star chart for kindness ideas! Can you fill all the big stars with ideas?

Click on the picture to view or print.

Maybe if you have a printer, you could print this out and fill in the stars. But if you don't then you could draw stars on some paper and then fill them in! 

I can't believe that tomorrow is Friday already - that's nearly two weeks since my school closed! I miss seeing my friends Derek (he's a penguin) and Kiki (she's a kangaroo). Hey! That gives me an idea - maybe one day I can tell you about them in my diary! So many things to tell you and so much to do! I'd better get started because I've got to think of my own ideas for Thoughtful Thursday and how I can show kindness!

Have a thoroughly thoughtful Thursday and remember - maybe you could get your grown-up helper to send me your ideas for how you can be kind today. You can find me on twitter: twitter@CoramLifeEd or 

facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

or send an email to cle@coram.org.uk 

Stay happy and healthy! See you tomorrow.

Love from Harold xxx

P.S.  A long, long time ago there was a news report on television all about spaghetti growing on trees in Switzerland - it was broadcast on April the first. So it was an April Fool story! My grandma told me about it because she remembers seeing it on the 1st of April, 1957! That's 63 years ago! Bye!

 
 
 
 
 
Here's a picture of me doing my daily outside exercise, too! I did a lot of exercise yesterday!
 
Harold getting ready to run

 

Day 8 - Wednesday 1st of April

And it's... P.E. with Harold!

YES! It's Work-Out Wednesday! Do you remember that Monday was Mindful Monday and yesterday was Try Out Tuesday? Did you manage to do the Brain Gym exercises or make up any of your own? Some of them were a bit tricky!

Well I hope you're feeling energetic today because I've got some fun exercises for us all! Don't worry if you're not feeling energetic though, in fact did you know that if someone is feeling a bit tired, or a bit fed up, exercise can actually help them to feel more awake and can even cheer them up! That's because when we do exercise some special 'feel-good' chemicals in our brain are woken up and help us to feel better.

But before we start our exercises, I have a little puzzle for you to think about - a brain warm-up! Here's my puzzle: if it takes one month for spaghetti to grow 6cm long on a spaghetti tree, how many months does it take for it to grow to 24cm? Hmmmm... I wonder. You can find out more at the bottom of today's diary.

Back to our Work-Out Wednesday. 

My activity is called Let's Get Moving. You can do the exercises to music if possible - or even just sing along as you do them, if you don't have any music! Singing is a type of exercise, too! It makes our lungs stronger. Click on the picture below to see the exercises. If you can print the page that would be great! Don't worry if you can't - you can just look at it on the screen and give each exercise a mark.

Do you like the picture of me doing my exercises? My friend Alex drew it! Maybe if you have a printer, you could print it out and colour it in! Remember to colour my scarf!

Just before I go... did you work out the answer to my spaghetti puzzle? If you did, maybe you could get your grown-up to send a message to me with the answer? But don't worry if they're too busy, juggling jobs! Maybe you could give them a helping hand. I'll put the answer in my diary tomorrow. 

You can find me on twitter: 

twitter@CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

or send an email to cle@coram.org.uk 

Have a wonderful Work-Out Wednesday!

Remember, stay happy and healthy! See you tomorrow.

Love from Harold xxx

 

DAY 7 - Tuesday, 31st of March

It's the last day of March, already! Do you remember the daffodil magic trick? I wonder if you tried it out.

Well, here's my experiment. I took one daffodil from the pot on our windowsill (I asked mum, before I did this, of course!)

Then my mum helped me find the blue food colouring. We had to empty a WHOLE cupboard and it was hiding right at the back. The lid was stuck on - that was a tricky moment because I think my mum was worried that I was going to spill it. The lid did pop off a bit suddenly - whoosh! But luckily I was holding the bottle over the sink, so when some did spill it wasn't on the floor.

Then I mixed the water with the food colouring in a glass and put the daffodil in the water... and waited. Look what happened! In just one day! 

Daffodil Magic

Mum said that this is plant science - called BIOLOGY! I never knew that flowers and food colouring could be science! And then I found out that BIO means 'life' and LOGY means 'study of' - so BIOLOGY is the study of life!  And daffodils are living plants!

Which colour do you like the best - the yellow one, or the blue one? 

I've been looking at my Wellbeing Wheel (there's a picture of it in yesterday's diary - it's wheely, wheely good. Ha ha ha!) I've decided that I'm going to do something new today. It's Tuesday, so I'm doing Try Out Tuesday - and I'm going to try out something new. I have some puzzles called Brain Gym. They're like exercises for our brain, instead of our body! 

Brain Gym - print or read on screen

Hey! I nearly forgot! Do you like the drawing of me in the bath that my friend Alex made? He's even put my scarf on it! One day, when I've got more time, I'll tell you all about my scarf. It's very special to me. Some of you might know all about it, already! But now I'm busy, busy, busy. It's time for my skipping exercises AND my brain exercises. I'm going to invent my own Brain Gym puzzle, too. And later today I'm going to invent a new tongue-twister. I'm having a brain-growing day for Try Out Tuesday.

Maybe you could invent a new Brain Gym puzzle and try it out on the people at home with you? 

Then maybe your grown-up helper could help you send a message to me with your idea for a Brain Gym puzzle. Then I can tell everyone about it in my diary tomorrow! You can find me on Twitter: twitter@CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

Have a 'wheely' good day, maybe trying out a new skill yourself.

Stay happy and healthy! See you tomorrow.

Love from Harold xxx

 
Click on my picture and print it - then you can colour it in!
 

DAY 6 - Monday, 30th of March

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? 

Before I forget, thanks for your guesses about my favourite book! I love Tracy Beaker, too, Falak. And I love the sound of your favourite book, Jasmine - Lola the Lollyop Fairy! Maybe one day those will be my favourite books because sometimes our favourite things change, don't they? I love going to the library and I can't wait to go again one day! I love reading, too, and it's great now that I have more time to read because I don't have any after school clubs. 

My favourite book at the moment is called You Choose. Do you know it? I love it because it takes to me amazing places that I can go to in my imagination, now that I can't go very far outside. 

Do you remember my daily planner from last Monday? It has all the things I need to try to do every day, to keep happy and healthy. There are the five things...

  1. Be Active
  2. Get Creative
  3. Mindful Moments
  4. Connect with Others 
  5. Give to Others

Well, my friend Alex has made a special drawing of the five things. I've called it my Wellbeing Wheel! 

This week I'm going to try to do all five things every day but I'm going to choose ONE thing to do extra specially carefully.

Today is going to be Mindful Monday! I'm going to think especially carefully about the things I can do to help me relax, and enjoy what I'm doing - whatever it is!  

Hmmmm. I could do some drawing or colouring. I could listen to some music. I could have a lovely long bath! Maybe you could think of some other ideas for how to relax and just enjoy the 'now' time!

I'm going to start by colouring my Wellbeing Wheel. Maybe doing that will give me some more ideas, too. 

Time for morning exercises now, though! I'm getting better at skipping. I practised at the weekend. On Friday I could only do 10 skips before getting tangled - and now I'm up to 59! That's nearly 60! It's true that practising - over and over and over - makes you get better at things!

Remember... if it's ok with your grown-up you could send me a message. You can find me on Twitter: twitter @CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

I hope you have a marvellous, mindful Monday! Keep happy and healthy.

Love from Harold xxx

Wellbeing Wheel
Click on my wellbeing wheel and then print it - then you can colour it in!

DAY 5 - Friday, 27th of March

Hello! Do you have some sellotape? I hope so, because it will be really handy if you're going to do my activity for today! But don't worry if you don't have any - of if you can't find it - it's not totally essential.

It's already the end of the first week of my school being closed and I'm going to be doing some reading and some drawing today.

I love reading and I love books. Stories are like adventures that you can carry around, keep close to you and peek into when you have time or if you're bored. You can travel to a whole other place and a whole other place when you're reading a book, even though you're actually just sitting still in a chair or lying  quietly in bed!

Sometimes having a quiet time can help me if I'm feeling tired or unwell. And sometimes it can help me if I'm feeling cross and grumpy! Do you have something that helps you to feel better if you're  feeling tired or grumpy?

My activity today is all about having a quiet time and about reading. It's a story about me, my friend Dibna and YOU! Yes, you! You can be in the story, too! Maybe if you can get a grown-up helper to print the two pages below, you can add yourself to my story. And here's when the sellotape comes in handy - to stick the two pages together. But don't worry if you can't print it. You can still read the story and add your name in a saying-it-out-loud way, instead of writing!

A time to be quiet - story activity

Click on the image and then print it. Then you can add yourself to the story!

Do you like the picture of me reading with my family? Maybe you can print that too, and colour it in - or have a go at drawing it. I like to do colouring. It helps me to feel calm and relaxed if I've been feeling fed-up or worried. Do you have something that you do that helps you to feel calm and relaxed?

My teacher calls this a Mindful Moment. Hey! That gives me an idea! My friend Alex - he's whiz at art - has drawn me a picture with a Mindful Moment on it! I think I'm going to put it onto my diary next week to show you.

Better go now, though, because it's time for my exercises. I found an old skipping rope that I'd forgotten about. It was in the cupboard with the Cluedo! I'm going to try to get to 50 skips in a row without getting tangled up in the rope! Wish me luck!

Before I go.... remember - if your grown-up helper thinks it's ok, and isn't super, super busy, maybe they could help you send a message to me, telling me the name of your favourite book and why you like it so much. You can find me on Twitter: twitter @CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

Or maybe you could try to guess my favourite book!

Stay happy and healthy - and calm! Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back on Monday.

Love from Harold xxx

Reading
Click on the image and then print it. Then you can colour Harold in!

DAY 4 - Thursday, 26th of March

Hello! It's Thursday already - that's nearly the weekend!

Well, today is all about Helping Others - one of my 5 daily things to do. Mum is going to teach me how to make a cup of tea - being safe is very important, so I’ll be very, very careful. 

Then later today I'm going to help by making a raita to go with our dinner. Have you ever had raita? You can have a look at my recipe and maybe make it yourself one day! It's tangy-tastic! (Oops! I think I just made up that word.) 

Raita recipe

First of all, though, I'm going to do some work from my school home-learning pack. Do you have one, too? I'm starting with some writing. Hey! That reminds me! A big hello to everyone at St Hilda's school in Bushey! One of your fantastic teachers told me that Form 2 are going to be looking at my diary in your Remote Learning Literacy Lesson.

WOW! A whole Remote Learning class! That must be so amazing - being apart but together. And looking at my diary!

Maybe one day some of you will write a diary that will become famous. I've been finding out about famous people who wrote diaries. I read about Marie Curie and Charles Darwin and Rosa Parks. Maybe you could find out why they became famous - you could have a Diary Detectives Day (DDD!)

I'm excited about tonight, too, because it's family games night! We're going to play a board game. I like Cluedo - that's a detective game where you have to search for clues.  What's your favourite board game? 

Well I'd better get started on my school work, then it will be time for my exercises. So much to do!

Oh! I nearly forgot - do you remember the daffodil magic trick from yesterday's diary? Well someone has really kindly send me a photograph of their daffodil experiment. Here it is!

Daffodils

Thank you Olive from Dorset for the lovely picture.

I wonder if they're starting to change colour this morning.

Have a happy day everyone - I hope that you have time to do some things to help others, too! And just before you go, here's an amazing fact for you: when we help other people it actually makes us feel happier, as well as the people we're helping! That's double the happiness!

Maybe your grown-up helper could help you send a message to me about the helpful things you've done today. You can find me on Twitter: twitter @CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation

I love hearing from you!

Stay happy and healthy - and helpful (HHH! Ha ha ha!) See you tomorrow!

Love from Harold xxx

Harold helps to make tea
Click on the image and then print it. Then you can colour Harold in!

DAY 3 - Wednesday, 25th of March 

I’ve been making the most of the sunshine - from my window I can see some flowers and some trees with teeny tiny green leaves starting to sprout! And on my windowsill I have a pot of flowers. Can you guess what they are?  

Yes! They’re daffodils! My friend Alex drew this picture of me with some. If you can print it at home you can colour it in. Daffodils are mostly yellow but you could do rainbow ones! That reminds me... here's a trick that you can do with daffodils (or other flowers). It’s like magic! 

  1. Put some water in a glass or a vase.
  2. Then put some drops of food colouring in the water – any colour you like – about 20 drops, or about a teaspoon.
  3. Next, put your daffodil - or other flower - into the water.
  4. Wait and watch! 

You need to be patient to see what happens, but it’s amazing. 

If you don't have any flowers handy, you can see what happens on this Colouring Daffodils film that my mum found. 

I love how daffodil heads look like little trumpets. My friend Derek the penguin plays the trumpet - so they remind me of him. I play with Derek every day at school. Now that school is closed I can look at the daffodils and think of Derek. Aaaah!

Last night I talked to him! Mum set this up safely for me on the computer. We played Kim’s game – have you ever played it? It’s a memory game, so it helps to keep my brain active. You could play it too! It’s easy. Here’s how…

  • Collect some small objects from around the home, then put them on a tray or a table. 
  • Then give people who are playing one minute to memorise the objects.  
  • When the minute’s up, cover the objects with a tea towel or cloth. 
  • How many can they name from memory? No peeking under the tea towel! (Derek couldn't peek because he wasn't even in the same home as me!)

Even though we were in separate homes it was still really fun.

Here's your own special copy of Kim's game and there are some other games on it, too. Maybe your grown-up helper could print it for you. 

Kim's game

Your grown-up helper might be able to help you send a message from you to me, too. You can find me on Twitter: twitter @CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation.   

I love hearing from you!

Stay happy and healthy! See you tomorrow!

Love from Harold xxx

Harold's daffodils
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DAY 2 - Tuesday, 24th of March 

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm so excited this morning, because my friend just messaged me to say that Marwell Zoo have a giraffe cam set up and it's going to be switched on at 9a.m.  Would you like to see the giraffes, too? Just click HERE if you do.  I can't wait!

Hope that you had a good day yesterday and thanks sooooooo much for the lovely pictures that some of you got your grown-up helpers to tweet! I was so excited to see them.

Today is my second day away from school and I'm going to be doing some cooking. We made pancakes for breakfast this morning - that was fun!

Mum says that I can help with making some vegetable soup, later. I've never made soup before - and that's great because today I wanted to learn something new.  

And I've just realised - if I help with making the soup, then I'm doing two things from my list of the five things that will help me to keep happy and healthy! Can you guess what they are?

Well, one is Get Creative - cooking is creating something! The other is Give to Others - I'm giving my mum a helping hand in the kitchen.  She said that I can peel the carrots and the onion (that might make my eyes water a bit!) and some other bits of veg that need using up but we don't want to throw away; mum says that soup is great for using things up!

I’m really excited about learning something new.

Do you have a favourite recipe? I’ve put one of my SCARF recipes on here that you might like to try. Remember - always ask a grown-up at home before you start any cooking, so that they can help you be safe. 

 

Smoothie recipe
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You can be creative with that milkshake recipe, too. Just swap anything that you don't have with something else - maybe you could send me your recipe ideas?

Better get started because I need to plan my other activities, too, like Being Active and Connecting with Others. Yesterday I did 50 star jumps and I did running on the spot for 5 minutes!

I'd love to hear about any new things that you're learning to do today. Maybe you could get your grown-up to send a message you can find me on Twitter: @CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation.   

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

Harold cooking

DAY 1 - Monday, 23rd of March 

HELLO! It's the first day of school being closed.

First day of my daily diary. Let’s get planning! 

I know that to look after myself I need to try to do these five different things every day. These will help me to stay happy and healthy.  

There's....

  1. Be Active
  2. Get Creative
  3. Mindful Moments
  4. Connect with Others 
  5. Give to Others

Mmmmm! Let me see. I'm going to start with Be Active - I can do some exercises in at home for that - star jumps and running on the spot. 

For Get Creative I might do some drawing, or maybe some puzzles. Oh! And there's my home-learning pack from school - and I'm writing this diary!

For Mindful Moments I'm going to do some colouring. Maybe you'd like to do some too? You can draw your own picture or there's a picture of me for you to print and colour.

Connecting - that's easy! I'll talk to my grandma and my friends Derek and Kiki. They're all at home, so my mum will help me to connect safely online with them, later.

Give to others. Hmmmmm. I know! I'll help by doing some tidying up later. 

There's so much to remember! I'm glad that my mum helped to make my Daily Routine Chart! 

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I’d better get started because there's a lot to do. I'll be back tomorrow with more ideas for staying happy and healthy. 

I'd love to hear your ideas, too. Maybe you could get your grown-up to message Harold on Twitter @CoramLifeEd or facebook.com/CoramLifeEducation.   

Stay happy and healthy!

Love from Harold xxx

 

Colour in Harold making a plan
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Hello everyone!

I'm looking forward to sharing my daily diary with you, starting on Monday 23rd of March!  Wait a minute... that's tomorrow! I'm so excited!

See you on Monday!

Love from Harold xxx

Hello from Harold