We're delighted to be joining forces with Andersen Press to share free, accessible readings of their picture books via exclusive weekly virtual storytimes every Friday at 10am on our Facebook page.

Don't worry if you can't make it for 10, we'll keep a recorded video on our page for you to watch later!

This week our story time is The Huffalots by Eve Coy. We'd love you to join us for this extra-special storytime at www.facebook.com/7Stories

Our brilliant creative learning team have created some activtiies for you to do after you've listened to Fiona's story time. 




Checking in

This activity is good for finding out how everyone is feeling at a particular moment. It is a chance for children (and adults!) to get how they are feeling off their chest, but it only has to make sense to them. 

Either sitting or standing, explain to everyone that you are going to share how you are feeling, not with words, but with colours. Going around the children and adults, each in turn chooses a colour which describes how they are feeling. Blue could be sad for one person, but happy for someone else. 

This can be repeated at different times of day or week to check in. You could also use different identifying categories such as food, locations, clothes.  


Emotion Wheels

You can take the Check In activity a step further to create Emotion Wheels which children and adults can update whenever they want to.

First, children and adults should work together to decide which feelings and emotions to include on their wheel. Children and adults should discuss all of the different feelings and emotions they might have. List each emotion under one of these four titles, according to how each emotion makes you feel:

  • Huffalots (very grumpy)
  • Huffalittles (a little grumpy)
  • Lovealittles (a little happy)
  • Lovealots (very happy)

Once you have your lists completed, each person should create their own Emotion Wheel. Do this by taking a piece of paper or card and drawing as big a circle as possible. Next divide this into equal quarters and write one category in each quarter; Huffalots, Huffalittles, Lovealittles, Lovealots. 

Within each quarter children and adults should illustrate the feelings they have listed. You could use anything to illustrate these feelings, a colour, an experience, an emoji or a pattern. 

In Lovealots you might include ‘Happy’ which could be a sunny day, or ‘Excited’ which could be a balloon popping. In Huffalots you could include ‘Anger’ which could be red, or a jagged pattern.

Once the Emotion Wheels are complete, display them somewhere that everyone can see them. Children and adults should use an object placed on top of the wheel to indicate how they feel.