World Siblings Day!

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Hurray, hurray! Today is Sibling Day!

Assuming that they haven’t by now all strangled each other, today is a day for all the children in your household to celebrate one another, enjoy the things they have in common and appreciate the differences between them. They may need some adult support, but encourage them to help each other as much as possible.

Chat, chat chat!

Having spent so much time together in recent weeks, you may think you know everything there is to know about one another, but I bet there are still some interesting things to discover. Why not try making a ‘Chit Chat’ box. Have everybody think of some interesting questions, then put them into the box and pull out at random, giving everyone a chance to answer. Some you might start with are:

Would you rather live in the past, the future or now?; Where in the world would you most like to live? Do you believe in ghosts?; Would you like to change your name?; If you were an ice cream what flavour would you be and why? ; Which animal would you most like to be?; When were you last deliberately annoying?; Which day of the week do you like best and why?; Is it more fun to be a parent or a child?

If you are an only child, why not use your imagination to create your Perfect Sibling and make a booklet all about them, including answers to the questions above.

“Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.” ~ Eknath Easwaran

We are Family

Making something together can be an opportunity to create happy memories as well as a work of art!

Get a large piece of paper and gather scraps of fabric, wool, old magazines, paper etc. as well as pens, pencils, scissors and glue.

Work together to make a collage of somewhere your family might go when we are all able to travel again. Maybe a beach scene, or the Zoo or the home of a close relative

Beach collage

Design a ‘coat of arms’ with a symbol for each person in your family:

Search ‘Coat of arms - images’ in Google to see examples

Draw the outline of a large shield on some card and divide it into sections, one for each person in your household

Have each person draw their chosen symbol.

Click here to get really helpful tips on how to draw all kinds of things!

Cut it out and hang it up somewhere prominent. Just for today, salute when you pass it. Coat of arms are granted to important people and who is more important than the people in your family?

Who do you think you are?

The following are famous brothers and sisters:

Elle and Dakota Fanning (Actors)
The Jonas Brothers (Singers)
Venus and Serena Williams (Tennis players)
Yaya and Kolo Toure (Footballers)

I wonder how many more you can find?

All of the above siblings have a talent in common. Think about the things you and your bothers and/or sisters have in common? What things are different about you?

How could you use your similarities/ differences to create something together?

Make your own kind of music

Listen to Terry Scott singing ‘My Brother’ on You Tube (It is an old song!)

Have a go at writing your own lyrics about your brother or sister.

About the Author

Sue Langwade

Sue Langwade

Sue is a writer with many years' experience in primary education. She has collaborated with Mark and Helen on several projects and has published a book of short sketches entitled 'Brushstrokes'.

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