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International Sports Car Racing Day

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International Sports Car Racing Day

International Sports Car Racing Day celebrates all things fast, flashy and fun. This day marks the anniversary of the very first sports car race which took place in 1922. This unique event was organised by Prince Henry of Prussia, a member of the German Imperial Family, who wanted to promote automobile transportation. Although not all details about the race are known today, it was fiercely contested by some of the finest motoring pioneers of the time and took place on an eight-mile circuit on public roads that had been closed off specifically for the race.

These events vary from place to place but usually involve watching episodes of popular sports car racing shows, attending local races, and discussing the favourite drivers. To add to this fun day, many car clubs around the world organise activities and contests such as driving competitions or trivia quizzes related to car racing events. So, fasten your seat belts and let the celebration begin with these resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Make your own Cardboard Race Cars – here
  • Challenge yourself with F1 Teams and Drivers Wordsearch – here
  • Have a go at the Worldwide Race Tracks Crossword – here

Spring Begins

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Spring Begins

Spring is finally here and with it comes bursting blooms and chirping birds – bringing people all over the world a sense of joy and energy. Spring marks a time of renewal and growth, inspiring us to reflect on the past and look forward to brighter days ahead. From watching blooms blossom and colours returning to nature to participating in unique traditions like egg painting or flying kites, there’s something special about spring that lifts our spirits. How celebration of spring differs around the world is fascinating! From festivals like Holi in India to Hanami in Japan, different cultures are filled with stories, traditions, and festivities of their own to mark the start of this magical season.

Spring brings a certain sense of hope, new life and beauty that serves as an inspiration for many. Even though days are getting longer and warmer, what’s also wonderful about this season is that each day can give rise to something extraordinary.

So, pick your favourite flowers, head outdoors and make some fabulous memories using our resources that you can cherish from springtime 2023!

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy a Spring themed Relaxation session with Ruth – here
  • Have a go at Liz Million’s Spring Draw Along – here
  • Test your knowledge a Spring Quiz from SSC – here

Piano Day

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Piano Day

Piano Day, a fun, festive occasion celebrating the wonder and joy of pianos, is observed every year on this day and started out as a movement in 2013. The idea for this special day was conceived by the German musician Nils Frahm and has now become an international event. To many people, the piano represents much more than just music – it symbolizes a creative way to relieve stress, combat loneliness, and bring joy into our lives.

On Piano Day, all aspects of this incredible instrument are honoured from its various composers and players to makers of digital instruments and new apps related to piano playing. People around the world take part in Piano Day celebrations by attending concerts featuring different genres of music played on a variety of instruments like acoustic pianos, grand pianos, uprights, keyboard controllers and synthesizers. Additionally, some enthusiasts organize workshops or compose their own music in tribute to Piano Day! No matter how you choose to recognize Piano Day this year, use these resources to bring some musical cheer to your care-setting!

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy Mr Meredith’s piano playing and musical quiz – here
  • Have a go at our The Piano Man activity – here

1st world weightlifting championship (1891)

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1st world weightlifting championship (1891)

In 1891, the first-ever world weightlifting championship took place in London, and it was an event pioneering in its own right. It featured athletes from as close to home as France, Scotland, and England and as far away as Ireland, Australia, India, and Japan. The competition noticed an impressive show of strength from all sides that enthralled the crowds cheering them on.

Although the competition was fierce, the eventual winner of the gold medal was Edward Lawrence Levy from Brighton, England. It is said that young Levy had been training rigorously for days leading up to his winning performance. With his slicked black hair and solid build, he did not even break a sweat during his impressive feats of strength. Surprisingly enough, none of the other competitors managed to lift some of the heavier weights! What an amazing display of athleticism by young Levy and a great start for this sport as a whole!

To honour this day, why not host your own Strong Man or Woman competition in your care-setting with these fun resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Create your own strong man or strong woman competition with our activity – here
  • Try our World’s Strongest activity – here

Oomph Cake Day

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Oomph Cake Day

There’s no better way to celebrate life than enjoying a delicious cake! Whether it’s a birthday or any other special event, nothing beats digging into a creamy, sugary-sweet slice of the best cake in town or baking one yourself. Research tells us that cakes have been around since ancient Egyptians who filled their cakes with honey and dates. Today, cakes come in all shapes and sizes with endless choices of flavours like salted caramel and peanut butter cup. plus all the unique wedding cakes we’ve seen throughout history! Did you know, Georges Careme created the first Napoleon Cake while working as a pastry chef at the Tuileries Palace in Paris!

Oomph Cake Day brings the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories together in your care-setting over sweet treats. Here are some easy recipes to try and don’t forget to light up some candles before cutting the cakes – remember, every day is cause for celebration!

Activity Ideas:

  • No Bake Cake recipe – here
  • Classic Cake quiz – here
  • Marvellous Milk Cakes – here

1st ever record of Halley’s comet (240 BC)

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1st ever record of Halley’s comet (240 BC)

Way back in 240 BC, the people of Earth made history when they became the first ever to observe and record what we now know as Halley’s comet. But what is Halley’s comet? It is a giant mass of rock and ice that orbits around the sun every 75-76 years. In its first recorded sighting, Chinese astronomers described the comet as a “broom star” showing an extended body, bristles at one end and a fan-shaped tail.

Although this description may be hilarious to us now, it was indeed accurate! After years of careful observations and calculations, we can safely say it’s no broom star but Halley’s comet that reappears once every 75 years – an unforgettable display of a fiery mass in space!

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy our Halley’s Comet Activity Book – here
  • Make your own Straw Rockets – here

The Hound of Baskervilles original is released (1939)

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The Hound of Baskervilles original is released (1939)

The Hound of Baskervilles was groundbreaking for its time. Released in 1939, it is the first adaptation of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name and stars Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. This two-man cast combined with a clever screenplay by Ernest Pascal made The Hound of Baskervilles an instant success and brought the detectives to life like never before.

Directed by Sidney Lanfield, the movie is delightfully scripted, with some clever twists and turns to keep viewers at the edge of their seats throughout. Nominated for Best Sound Recording at the 1939 Academy Awards, this movie truly opened up a new dimension in mystery genre cinema. Additionally, its contributions to mainstream media have been described as “unparalleled” by many in the industry, and it even received a special commendation from Variety magazine declaring it one of the greatest films ever made! The Hound of Baskervilles will forever remain an iconic classic that continues to inspire today’s filmmakers through its well-crafted characters, spine-tingling plot jokes and wonderfully suspenseful story-telling.

Celebrate this masterpiece using these resources whilst remembering the iconic detective!

Activity Ideas:

  • Challenge yourself with Sherlock Holmes cases word search – here
  • Have a go at our Sherlock Holmes Actors Activity – here
  • Print off and enjoy Sherlock Holmes Activity Book – here

Celebrating Tommy Cooper, magician and prop comedian

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Celebrating Tommy Cooper, magician and prop comedian

Born in 1921, Tommy Cooper was an iconic British magician and prop comic who could keep audiences giggling with his signature offbeat humour. A master of farce and physical comedy, his larger-than-life personality brightened stages around the world with plenty of funny moments that are still remembered today.

We can remember him for his dishevelled suits, black fez hat, and wild antics that graced everything from television variety shows to the stagey glitz of Las Vegas. His creative energy and slapstick approach to showmanship revolutionized the entertainment industry, influencing future generations of comedians everywhere.

With Tommy Cooper as our guide, viewers everywhere found limitless joy in laughter and silliness. Here are some resources to bring some more laughter and joy to your care-setting!

Activity Ideas:

  • Test your knowledge with the Famous Magicians Quiz – here
  • Enjoy Tommy Cooper’s famous routines – here
  • Laugh away with Pete as we go to the shops! – here

British football league established (1888)

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British football league established (1888)

The British Football League (BFL) has been around since 1888, setting the stage for some of the most exciting and competitive football matches in the world. The story behind this legendary sports league began when eight local professional clubs decided to come together to form a single competition that would crown the best team of the season. Since then, the league has continued to expand and today boasts more than 100 professional clubs spread throughout numerous divisions. Through its storied history, BFL has built quite an impressive resume, boasting several memorable championship games, countless club achievements and dozens of international players who left their mark on football history. A number of prominent players, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, cut their teeth playing in the British Football League, which is indicative of the level of competition found within this esteemed association.

What’s more, for over 130 years, the league has spread joy and camaraderie through its beloved sport with fans across Britain coming together to root for their favourite teams on game day. On top of that, it’s highly entertaining too – factoring in crowd chants, unique uniforms, and other special effects you won’t find anywhere else!

So, host some amazing football drills and reminiscence sessions with these resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Famous footballers over the years Wordsearch – here
  • Print off and enjoy our football reminiscence activity – here

World Poetry Day

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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is a global celebration of the beauty and power of poetry! Every March 21, poets and fans of poetry come together to celebrate this art form. This day has an interesting history: it was established by UNESCO in 1999, and this poetic holiday has grown exponentially over the years, spreading around the world for everyone to join in.

The significance of this special day is clear – to promote the love of literature, increase harmonious understanding across cultures, and help people appreciate their literary heritage. Celebrating World Poetry Day can take many forms – some might host panel discussions or readings about classic or contemporary poets; others may organize workshops to encourage new voices in poetry, and still, others might just share poems with friends through social media.

Whatever your way of honouring World Poetry Day, host a poetry session in your care-setting and  spread the joy of poetry with these resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy our Poet Laureate activity – here
  • Print off and enjoy our Poetry pack – here
  • Have a go at Famous short poems in a poetry session – here