Storytime with Melody – Friends

Hello friends!

Welcome to this weeks Storytime Blog. This week our theme is friends.

Friendships for children can be a bit of a minefield. On the one hand, they are very important to a child’s well-being. Having friends can help children feel happy and confident particularly when entering new environments like kindergarten and primary school. Making friends can be a vital part of a child’s social and emotional development. On the other hand, some children can rely too heavily on friends opinions and this can severely limit a child’s self esteem, for example when a child feels inferior to their friends and spend too much time comparing themselves to others.

The real trick, I suppose, is encouraging your child to have enough self worth and confidence that they don’t require the approval of friends and can stand up to unhealthy peer pressure, while still having empathy for others and supporting their friends in a selfless way.
If you can manage this as a parent, can you please let me know how you did it???

On a lighter note, here are a few books and rhymes to share with your toddlers that talk about friendships, and, following in my snacks and recipes tradition, an excellent treat to make with your little ones that would be great to share with friends!

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Strictly no elephants written by Lisa Mantchev is an incredibly sweet and emotional little story about a boy and his pet elephant trying to fit in. It is a lovely lesson in acceptance and tolerance packaged into an adorable picture book with beautiful and evocative illustrations.

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Old friends new friends written by Andrew Daddo and Jonathan Bentley is an informative and cute story about all of the feelings someone might experience starting a new school year, especially when they might not have the same friends with them. The story is really positive and encourages a lot of self confidence which is so important to being able to develop good friendships.

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Alpacas with maracas written by Matt Cosgrove is a fun colourful romp with lots of bright pictures, rhyming couplets and big easy to read text that moves around the page and will keep little ones engaged with the story. Macca and Al are the best of friends and love spending time together. This story follows the cute alpacas as they enter a talent contest. This book was 2019s National Simultaneous Storytime book and the author Matt Cosgrove offers colouring sheets on his website that you can download and print.

Things to make and share with friends – Chocolate Nachos

Ingredients

  • 4 tortillas
  • cinnamon sugar
  • butter or margarine
  • Chocolate buttons for melting / or alternatively use Nutella
  • 1 punnet of Raspberries
  • 1 punnet of Strawberries
  • 1 packet of mini marshmallows

Method

  1. Preheat oven or grill to about 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with paper.
  2. Melt 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine and brush on the tortillas. Brush onto the tortillas.
  3. Sprinkle tortillas with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Cut the tortillas into 8 triangles each and spread onto baking paper. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden and crunchy.
  5. Lay the cooled tortilla chips on a large plate, messily.
  6. Sprinkle the marshmallows, raspberries and chopped strawberries over the chips.
  7. Melt some chocolate in a microwave safe bowl (or some Nutella) and dribble over the fruit and marshmallows.
  8. Enjoy your yummy treat with friends!