It’s the week before school is about to begin for children across the country. Not only are we in the middle of a pandemic and we have a ton of uncertainty around sending our children to school, your little one is about to have their very first day. The first day of school after the summer is often difficult. After such a long absence it would be understandable if more children, and parents, than usual are apprehensive.
First Day of School Tips for New Starters
For children just starting school or moving to a new school, there will be additional stresses. New people, unfamiliar surroundings, things to learn and a routine to keep that doesn’t involve being safe at home with parents all add up. It’s one thing to prepare your child for their next school trip when they’re your older kids, but preparing them for the first day of school ever is another experience altogether.
The good news is that there are things that you can do to handle that scary first day. Here are some things that you can do to get ready:
Top Tips to Prepare for the First Day of School
- Take your little one to a few taster sessions for school before they go for their first day if possible. This will mean that the classroom is familiar when they walk into it for the first time. Some teachers post videos and pictures on school websites and social media pages.
- Start doing activities at home and talking about school to your child. This will mean that the structure isn’t overwhelming. You can even practice role playing school drop off using the garden door.
- Let them try on their new school uniform for their very first day of big school. Make sure you label everything down to their shoes, too.
- Get to know other families nearby with children who will be in the same class. This’ll help them to feel like they know people.
- Practice saying goodbye to them in private – just in case you need to cry.
That first school drop-off is sad for you as a parent. If you can make sure that you have something planned to keep you occupied. Those who are heading out to work, make sure you have a busy day planned. If you are working from home or have something else planned, do whatever you need to do to get through that first very quiet day without the children.
Diamond painting is the latest craft phenomenon, but what is it, and how do you do it? Use this handy guide to answer all your questions so that you can get started.
What is Diamond Painting?
Diamond painting is the art of placing tiny pieces of resin onto a waxed chart. You can make stunning pictures, and it is very fashionable right now.
Diamond painting kits contain everything you need to complete your design. There are endless pictures to choose from; anything from animals to fairies to flowers, you’re sure to find something you love.
How Do I Do It?
- First, you peel back the plastic covering the area you want to work on.
- Then, you dip the nib of the pen into the block of adhesive and use the tool to pick up one of the resin pieces.
- Gently place the resin piece in the appropriate place on the canvas (it will be printed with squares labelled by colour).
- Nudge it firmly with the end of the tool to ensure it has stuck down.
- Pick up another piece and add that to the design too.
- Keep going.
Why Do Diamond Painting?
- It’s fun!
- It’s easy and very cheap; the kits cost hardly anything, and just one kit will last you a long time.
- Diamond painting is also calming, relaxing and is great for mindfulness. It takes you out of the hectic day-to-day stresses and gives you a little oasis of peace. Great for your mental health and managing stress!
- Everyone should have something creative to do, and diamond painting is another option to try. Being creative has proven benefits for your health, and this is so much fun you’ll have a blast doing it.
- You’ll have something beautiful to hang up in your home or give as a gift afterwards. Definitely an achievement.
Who Is It For?
Everyone! It’s an easy enough concept for even children to get, you just have to watch the tiny pieces. If you have really young kids there are kids’ kits available, or you can go for mosaic art instead, which is a similar concept. Mosaic art even comes in stick-on kits, so there won’t even be any mess for Mum or Dad to deal with.
Diamond painting is excellent for teenagers. There are designs for everyone, from lots of fantasy or space kits, animals and much more. If they love the vans at places like Manchester Van Sales why not get them a van-themed diamond painting to do?
For adults (like me) it offers an easy, fun and mindful activity that appeals to the creative side and helps you let go of the day’s stress.
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