Happy Winnie the Pooh week.
January the 28th is AA Milne's birthday so this week we celebrate all of his wonderful books and characters. Milne wrote 4 books but after Disney acquired the rights they produced many more books, films and other merchandise. Throughout these different versions, Pooh, Piglet. Eeyore, Tigger and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood gang have remained consistently much wiser than you'd expect.
I love all the characters. I love Tigger's bounciness, Pooh's mindfulness, Piglet's kindness and Eeyore's gloominess. I think Eeyore is probably my favourite, he is so kind to everyone else and I just want to cheer him up!
AA Milne's books contain so many good quotes. I've been reading them all weekend and trying to select a few to share.
“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?’ ‘Supposing it didn’t" said Pooh. After careful thought. Piglet was comforted by this.
We can all build resilience by learning to talk through our worries and finding ways to look at them more positively. Question anxieties and sometimes they disappear. In our ELSA sessions at school we use the worry tree and I will be including this in a later email.
"A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference."(Eeyore)
Talk about kindness, share a time that you've been kind to someone. Talk about a time someone has been kind to you. How did it make you feel? Tell your child when you notice them being kind. Discuss how being kind has a positive impact on the kindness giver.
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh!” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
Mindfulness is really important especially in these troubled times. Try and focus on small things. Be in the moment, stop thinking about what happened yesterday, stop worrying about tomorrow. Enjoy the gift of the present!
Maybe you could colour or paint some Winnie the Pooh characters.
Paper plates are great to make faces out of.
How about making a mask?
Could you make any characters out of Lego?
Or have a picnic lunch with your toys.
Would your favourite toy be funny, shy or annoying?
If you were a cuddly toy what would you be?
I think I'd be a soft, squishy cuddly rainbow elephant. I'd make a trumpetty elephant noise when hugged.
Miss Sells would be a pale pink cuddly bear.
Mr Holmes a cross between Eeyore and Tigger. I wonder what he'd look like?
Miss Murray would choose to be a cosy Peter Rabbit baby comforter, to make babies feel happy.
I've asked some children at school today too and rabbits were the favourite toys to be. A red bunny and a white soft rabbit.
Have a good day week, it's been lovely seeing some of you at school and out and about on your walks.
Mrs Rock x