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Home School is almost over!

unicorn ellie home school

How was home school? Fun, Stressy or sad?

I loved time with my mummy and although I miss my friends I don’t want to go back I like to be dressed in comfy clothes at home with my dogs.

I decided to make this certificate for my mum you can print one for yourself or your home school teacher or real teacher if you like? Just DOWNLOAD HERE and fill in the name.

unicorn ellie home school

Well done everyone!

unicorn ellie home school

How do you feel? Comment below…

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Journaling for kids

Kids journaling

Journaling is a great way for kids to practice writing and record thoughts and memories that mean a lot to us and help our self esteem.

Unicorn journal

Nothing is more special than looking through a journal from the past, and with families spending more time at home, now is a great time to start.

Last year I created my Unicorn Ellie journal download page

Why mum found a list of 52 journal questions so at least 1 a week, to help give ideas that are perfect for kids. If your child hasn’t quite learned to write yet, you can always use these as writing practice, or you can help write their answers so they can read them when they’re older.

Here we go!

1. Who is one person that you look up to and why?
2. What is your favorite memory? Write down as many details as you can remember.
3. What is one thing about today that surprised you?
4. What is one mistake you made today and what did you learn from it?
5. What are three things you’re grateful for?
6. If you could spend one day doing anything you want, what would you do?
7. What is one thing that helps you when you’re worried?
8. If you could have any pet (even a magical creature like a dragon or unicorn), what would you want? What name would you give it?
9. What’s one goal or challenge you have for yourself this week? How will you accomplish it?
10. Think about your favorite hobby or activity. Why do you love it?
11. What’s one thing that always makes you laugh?

Unicorn poop
12. Close your eyes and listen to the world around you. What sounds do you hear? Write them down.
13. Have you ever wanted to learn another language? What would you want to learn?
14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever learned in school?
15. Write about your favorite holiday. Why is it your favorite? What’s your happiest memory associated with it?
16. Would you rather it always be summer, spring, fall, or winter? Why?
17. If you could tell your family one thing that’s been on your mind lately, what would you say?
18. Do you have any pets? What would you say to it if, one morning, it could suddenly talk?
19. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re outside?
20. Think about one person who makes you feel loved. How do they show you that they care?
21. Have you been on a vacation? Where did you go, and what was your favorite part?
22. Pretend that you had a time machine and could travel way into the future or to the past. Where would you go? What do you think life would be like?
23. Do you have a favorite teacher? What are they like, and what’s the best thing they’ve taught you?
24. What’s the funniest knock-knock joke you can think of?
25. Write about one accomplishment you’ve reached that you’re proud of.
26. What is one interesting fact that you learned today?
27. What do you think would be the coolest job to have? Why?
28. Think about one of your friends or a family member. What do you admire about them?
29. Look out of your window. What do you see?
30. Do you have a favorite book? Why is it your favorite?
31. What do you want your life to be like when you’re grown up?


32. When you get mad or grumpy, what’s one thing that helps you calm down?
33. What’s the best advice someone has ever given you?
34. What would you do if you were the main character in your favorite fairy tale?
35. What is your favorite thing about yourself? What’s one thing you want to work on?
36. What is one of your funniest memories? Write a poem about it.
37. Think about your favorite color. What does it remind you of?
38. Who is someone you miss? What would you say to them if they were next to you right now?
39. What’s one thing you’ve never told anyone before?
40. Do you have a favorite quote? Write it down here. Why is it your favorite?
41. If you could be one of the first astronauts to go to Mars, would you? Why?
42. What do you love about your family?
43. Do you remember your first day of school? What was it like?
44. If you could talk to your future self, what would you ask?
45. If you could talk to your past self, what would you say?
46. What is one thing you’re excited about? Why?
47. If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose? What would you do with it?

Unicorn Superhero
48. Write down one way you’ll make the most of today.
49. What’s the best way to spend a rainy day?
50. Pretend that you could either shrink down to the size of a mouse or grow as large as a building. What would you do and why?
51. Write down three ways you could help a friend or family member today.
52. Think about a talent you wish that you had. What’s one way that you can start practicing it?

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Have a break from Screen Time

Reduce screen time for kids

Sometimes my mum likes to say ‘play on your i pad when she needs to get something done hehe!

But then she says ‘Have a break from screen time’! Lol!

Unicorn Laugh

Screen time can be fun, but too much can be bad for us.

Ipads and phones send out something called blue light which can stop us from sleeping.

We could get addicted and always want to be on the same game and we sometimes don’t listen when our parents are speaking to us.

At home now I use my timer for how long I can be on my ipad.

Here s are some more great ideas!

Do a Scavenger Hunt either in the house or outside!

Get your mum, dad or sister to write a list of things to find and tick off, fresh air is good for you so its cool to do it when you are on a walk.

Here is one my mum made.

Scavenger Hunt

A tree as tall as a house

A pub sign

A cat

A dog

A Feather

A post box on a gate

A gold or silver house sign

A house number with a 6 in it

Someone riding a bike

A bench people can sit on

Draw a picture

Art is fun too, if I can’t think of what to draw I draw UNICORNS of course or one of my pets!

Play with a toy you’ve not played with for ages

I got Myla the Unicorn 2 years ago and she was in the bottom of a pile in my play room so I got her out and played with her for hours at the weekend.

Unicorn Toys

Write a Journal

It helps with your hand writing and makes you think of fun things you have done or write your feelings down if something is bothering you and it can help with your self esteem which means feeling good about yourself.

Do some Unicorn Yoga

Yoga is fun and it helps keep your body fit and have a good stretch

Unicorn Yoga Bridge

For more great ideal check out my ACTIVITIES page

 

 

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Using Timers to Encourage us kids to do Homework and Chores 

Timers for kids

Using Timers to Encourage us kids to do Homework and Chores

Sometimes getting us Kids to do chores or get our homework done can be a challenging task for you adults. Timers are an excellent way to motivate us to complete tasks and follow directions.

Research and reputable resources consistently indicate the benefits of using timers with children

I love timers it makes me get my work finished fast when I don’t really want to do it and mummy will say oh well do 10 minutes and its AMAZING what I can get done when up against the timer!

Here below is our Article giving the ways for you to use timers with kids to increase cooperation, and task completion, etc.

Recommendations for Timer Use!

Some children have difficulty working for long periods of time without a break. They may get frustrated or mentally drained. I have seen children start to look around, talk, and play with items during prolonged periods of homework or classwork. This often leads to an adult telling them to get back to work before they are mentally ready. Sometimes the child becomes resistant and refuses to get back to work. Other times they will make statements such as “I am too tired.” “It is too hard.” “I am bored.” or “I don’t care about this.” If they do get back to work, they may work slowly, rush through the assignment, or not put forth their best effort.

So how can timers help?

  1. Tell your child that he/she needs to complete a certain amount of work and allow them to work towards a break.
  2. OR tell your child they only have to work for say 10 minutes and then they can have a break until 10 minutes more.

For example, if your child is given 20 maths problems for homework, you can say, “Do the first ten problems and then take a five minute break to do something of your choice. Then do the next ten problems.” During the break, set the timer for five minutes and make sure the child can see it so they know exactly how much time they have left. OR Say Spend 10 minutes on the task and then have a break then spend another 10!

This is a great method for encouraging work completion because children like to work towards something fun. Many children also need a mental break and will work more effectively when they have the opportunity to take one. Using a timer takes the ownership away from the parent or teacher. The adult is not arbitrarily telling the child that the break is over. The timer dictates the length of the work or the break. This leads to less resistance from the child.

If you are doing an open ended activity, such as studying or practicing an academic skill, try setting the timer for 10 minutes and saying something like “we will practice for ten minutes, take a five minute break to do something of your choice, and practice for another 10 minutes.” In this case you would use the timer to let the child know how long the practice/study session will last and how long the break will last. Some children need suggestions for the break (e.g., when you take your break do you want to draw or play a game on the computer). If you are offering suggestions, pick things that you know your child would want to work towards. You can adapt the number of minutes as some children can work for longer periods, some need to work for shorter periods, and some benefit from longer or shorter breaks. Work with your child/student to see how much time works best for him/her.

My FREE 5 minute timer

My FREE 10 minute timer

 

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Pony Colours Unicorn Bundle Competition!

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    Myla the Magical Unicorn

    Unicorn Toys

    I got Myla as even though she’s made for kids ages 4 and up, I thought it looked really cool!

    Requires 4 AA and 2 AAA batteries. Batteries included for demo purposes only, new batteries recommended for regular use.

    Myla uses color recognition technology for multiple, brush onto one of the 16 colors in the pallet, then touch the brush to the part of Myla you want to light up with that color. It’s magical to watch— even my mum and sister wanted to give it a try. (A tip: When selecting a color, be sure the entire top — the sensor —is flat against the pallet and within one color.)

    Myla has five modes, which you can rotate through by pressing the gem on Myla’s necklace. In all five modes, Myla’s head moves, her eyes blink, and she interacts with fun phrases and sounds.

    Four of the modes focus on color. “Magical makeup” mode is basically free play where you can get creative while doing Myla’s makeup. Things get a bit more educational in “magical color creation,” which encourages kids to select two colors and see what new color they create. In “amazing makeup powder” mode, Myla will instruct you which feature she wants to be colored, and it’s a race against the clock to apply makeup. “Lucky color” is the simplest mode: Press Myla’s back sensor, and she’ll tell them their lucky color (like a rainbow Magic 8 Ball).

    Things get musical for the fifth and final play mode, called “showtime.” The magic doesn’t stop with Myla’s makeup brush — she also comes with an interactive microphone. When Myla’s in showtime mode, kids can hold the microphone below her mouth to hear her sing a catchy, original tune. Pull the microphone away and the music keeps playing, but Myla’s singing stops so we can duet.

    In addition to her interactive elements, Myla has plenty of tactile play features. You can practice plating her mane (which is conveniently made up of three strands, each with a different texture and color), brush her tail, and put a crown on her horn. She also comes with fun accessories to share, including colorful hair clips and bows.

    • PRODUCT: Myla the Magical Unicorn
    • PRICE: £39.99
    • PLACE TO BUY: Argos or Smiths Toy Superstore
    • RECOMMEDED AGE:  5 years and up
    • MATERIAL: Plastic
    • NUMBER OF PIECES: 5
    • DIMENSIONS: 40cm high
    • WEIGHT: 1.7 kg
    • MY UNICORN ELLIE RATING: 9 out of 10

     

     

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    My Fairy Garden Unicorn Garden Review

    My fairy garden review

    With this  Fairy Garden playset you can create a magical home and garden for the fairies, the mouse and the Unicorn to live in.

    The set comes with everything you need to create the garden, including grass seeds and purple cress. The only thing you will need to purchase is the compost, luckily we already had some but compost can easily be bought at a garden centre or even your local supermarket.

    Mum had a quick look through the instruction booklet so I knew what we needed to do, and the first thing we needed to do was add compost to the the fairy garden bowl so mum went and fetched the compost bag and we both added the soil into the bowl together, patting and smoothing it down with my own garden trowel.

    Then we added some of the coloured pebbles that came with it and sewed the seeds.

    We had to build the bridge and put the seat in the little cute caravan and put stickers  on the string to make the pretty bunting.

    The grass and cress grows really quick but you have to keep it watered and it might be best to put outside because our soil went mouldy so we had to start again and used our own seeds, it’s nice for playing with it’s pretty and it teaches you about gardening so I liked it a lot.

    • PRODUCT: My Fairy Garden Unicorn Garden
    • PRICE: £19.99
    • PLACE TO BUY: Amazon
    • RECOMMEDED AGE: 4 years and up w/ adult supervision (Manufacturer recommends 18months and up)
    • MATERIAL: Plastic
    • NUMBER OF PIECES: 8
    • DIMENSIONS: 12.5 inches (H) x 6.0 inches (W) x 16.0 inches (D)
    • WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds
    • MY UNICORN ELLIE RATING: 9 out of 10

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    9 Kids Unicorn Yoga Poses

    Unicorn yoga

    I just love yoga and you already know I love Unicorns so here’s my yoga and Unicorn combo!

    Unicorn Ellie Kids Yoga Poses

    9 Easy poses you can do in a small space.

    I did this in a small corner in our living room. My mat is quite long so it’s folded in half and it was extra squishy.

    You need loose clothes you can move around in so a Unicorn onesie is PERFECT!

    1. Pick a quiet place to do yoga, and focus on breathing in and out through the nose.
    2. Hold the poses from 5 to 10 seconds. Since it takes time to get into the postures, counting should start once you are in the posture.
    3. Slowly increase the time spent in the poses once you get better at them.
    4. Try to eat lightly before doing yoga, as you don’t want tummy ache.
    5. Have FUN together as a family me and mum sometimes do yoga together.

    1. So I always start by sitting quietly in easy pose

    Unicorn Ellie Kids Yoga

    2. Bowl Pose or Bow Pose to stretch out your tummy and legs and neck at the front

    3. Downward Unicorn pose to stretch the back of the legs and back and make strong arms

    4. Then I stand tall like a tree with a unicorn horn point on top to balance and stretch my whole body its usually easier on one leg than the other I wobble sometimes

    Unicorn yoga

    5. Make a bridge with your body there are a few ways to do this this is how I did it today.


    Make sure you put your bottom up this was too low here.

    6. This one always makes me and my mum laugh really stretches you legs and back and you can balance your legs in the air or see if your toes can touch the floor above your head then its a plough pose or bend your knees and hold your toes then it’s a happy baby unicorn!

    7. Make a triangle with your body triangle pose try and look up to your hand do it both sides.

    8. Be a 3 legged unicorn! Like the downward unicorn but stick your leg up do both sides.

    3 legged unicorn pose yoga kids

    9. Finish by telling yourself well done!

    Download the9 Unicorn Yoga Poses Poster.

    There are lots more yoga poses and workouts put in the comments if you like yoga and what you like to do the most.

     

     

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    Unicorns in Harry Potter

    In the book and film Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, there is a very important comment about unicorns. It made me sad as I would want any unicorns to get hurt or die!

    Here it is below:

    Firenze: “Harry Potter, do you know what unicorn blood is used for?”

    Harry Potter: “No. We’ve only used the horn and tail hair in Potions.”

    Yes, even Harry Potter and his fellow students at Hogwarts used parts of Unicorns for magic.

    There are so many other books available which mention unicorns, and in some, the unicorns are the main characters.

    What books have you read about Unicorns?