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National Sponge Cake Day (US)

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National Sponge Cake Day (US)

On 23rd August, enjoy National Sponge Cake Day with this classic of the cake world.

Did you know, the earliest recorded mention of the sponge cake can be traced back to Italy, but it was not until 1615 when poet Gervase Markham mentioned ‘a sponge cake’ in a poem that the name became widely used – they had previously been called biscuits! The sponge cake saw an explosion in popularity throughout Europe, partly because it was fairly accessible to the average person with just three ingredients for a basic recipe. Towards the end of the 18th Century, the use of yeast as the primary raising agent in cakes fell out of favour with beaten egg taking its place. This helped cement the sponge cake that we know and love today!

Enjoy our cake themed activities, quizzes and recipes on this tasty day!

Activity Ideas:

  • Test your knowledge with our Classic Cakes Quiz – here
  • Enjoy these marvellous milk cakes with a recipe from our partners at HQ Theatres – here 
  • Enjoy this delicious and easy no-bake cake recipe – here

“Mona Lisa” stolen from Louvre recovered in 1913

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"Mona Lisa" stolen from Louvre recovered in 1913

On this day, in 1913, Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, ‘The Mona Lisa’ was recovered after being missing for two years.

The Mona Lisa is probably the most celebrated and iconic painting in the world. On a fine morning in August 1911, a museum staff member realised that the lady was missing from her usual place, immediately an investigation ensued, and the doors were closed to visitors for one week. After two years, the painting was recovered from a hotel room in Florence. Investigations disclosed that the robbers disguised themselves as janitors while committing the crime.

Celebrate the recovery of this amazing painting by taking part in our artistic activities below…

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy The Louvre Activity book – coming soon!
  • Enjoy activities with Ben Uri Art Gallery here, here, and here
  • Make your own artwork by drawing along with Liz Million – here

British singer Sting weds actress Trudie Styler in 1992

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British singer Sting weds actress Trudie Styler in 1992

On this day in 1992, British rock star and the former frontman of ‘The Police’ wedded English actress and film producer Trudie Styler in Wiltshire. Even after completing around 30 years of marriage and 40 years of togetherness, their bond is growing stronger each day. No one seems to rock Sting’s world as his wife does. They have confirmed that the secret of a great marriage is friendship!

Why not use the resources below and enjoy some of our Rock and Roll themed activities. We have even provided a Police playlist to help get your party started!

Activity Ideas:

  • Sit down and enjoy our acoustic rock and roll session – here
  • Test your knowledge with our rock and roll quiz – here
  • Enjoy this Sting playlist – here
  • The Police have produced some iconic love songs, enjoy this romantic performance from our partners at Acoustic Postcards – here
  • Get creative with this crafty album cover activity – here 

World Photo Day

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World Photo Day

Photos are a great way to create memories! World Photo Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography.

Did you know, the photograph was originally made by Nicéphore Niépce, using silver chloride coating a piece of paper! In 1816 he produced the first image of nature, ‘a view from a window’ which depicted a view of the outdoors near his home.

Why not mark this day by snapping some of your own photos and creating some frames using our activities below!

Activity Ideas:

  • Celebrate your friendships with this collage activity – here
  • Get crafty and make this beautiful photo frame – here
  • Enjoy this talk on the history of photography from our partners at The Royal Photographic Society – here

The Krishna Janmashtami festival begins

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The Krishna Janmashtami festival begins

Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, in the month named Bhadrapada Masa. At the stroke of midnight, Krishna was born to Vasudeva and Devaki when they were locked up in Mathura by Devaki’s own brother Kansa. It was a dark night, followed by roaring thunder and rain. To save Krishna from Kansa’s wrath, the same night, Vasudeva crossed the river Yamuna and took Krishna to his foster parents Nanda and Yashoda, in Gokul. Hindus celebrate this auspicious occasion by keeping a vigil till midnight, and then bathing an idol of baby Krishna, getting him dressed in new clothes, worshipping and offering his favourite milk-made sweets as he was known for his love of milk and curd. 

This Janmashtami, put on your brightest of colours and begin the celebrations. Why not try our sweet Burfi recipe below to mark this special occasion…

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy our Print and enjoy our India Activity Book – here
  • Learn about Religions around the world with our activity book – here
  • Make bright burfi with this fun recipe – here
  • Have a go at our Religion Quiz – here

Maureen O’Hara, Irish actress and singer born in Ranelagh Ireland

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Maureen O'Hara, Irish actress and singer born in Ranelagh Ireland

Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons, was the first Irish woman to become a Hollywood superstar. Born in a creative family where various forms of art were encouraged and practised, she had her first performance at the age of 6 at her school concert. She made her first appearance in Hollywood in Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn, in 1939. She moved to Hollywood the same year and signed a contract with RKO Pictures, and then never looked back. This passionate and sensible actress ruled people’s hearts and won the nickname “The Queen of Technicolour.” 

Her birthday seems to be a perfect occasion to watch some of her famous movies, listen to her most famous songs and reminisce about the stories related to them…

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy our Ireland Activity Book – here
  • Maureen O’Hara Playlist – here
  • Enjoy these Maureen O’Hara film flashcards – here

Relaxation Day

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Relaxation Day

Take a break and do nothing! That’s what National Relaxation Day is for. Life is full of challenges, and everyone is fighting their own battles. There are times when we need to stop and smell the roses. There are various meditation and relaxation techniques that can help you clear your mind. It is important to make relaxation a habit, so say no to stress, take a deep breath, and chill!

We have picked out some of our best relaxation activities to help you below…

Activity Ideas:

  • Sit back and relax with our Guided Meditations here, here and here
  • Take part in the most recent beditation video – coming soon!
  • Join Heather for this Loving Calm mindfulness session – here

BBC’s 1st feature film on TV

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BBC's 1st feature film on TV

The British Broadcasting Company, known as BBC, played a key role in British life and culture since its inception in 1922. No doubt, this oldest national broadcaster and the largest broadcaster in the world was the one to pioneer full-length feature films on TV. On 14th August 1938, BBC transmitted its first feature film on TV, The Student Of Prague (Ger 1935) starring Anton Walbrook and Dorothea Wieck. Movie businesses considered television competition and didn’t want their films to be shown on TV. But, surprisingly, BBC managed to show an MGM feature film the same year. Rumours are that the film didn’t do well at the box office and MGM was desperate to get the money back.

Why not deliver some of our film inspired activities below…

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy our film flashcards here, here, and here
  • Enjoy this feature film digest – here
  • Enjoy our Classic films quiz – here

International Left-handers Day

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International Left-handers Day

Did you know, only 10% of the population are left-handed? There were days when left-handers were considered evil and abandoned in this right-handed world. Though the situation seems to have changed now, the numbers are still the same and there are still struggles they have to face. International Left-handers day intends to raise awareness of such issues they face in everyday life and admire them for thriving in this world, designed for the right-handers.

Why not mark this day by delivering our left-handers word search, or test your hand strength with our mirror writing activity and exercises below…

Activity Ideas:

  • Challenge your dexterity with this mirror writing activity – here
  • Improve your hand strength with these simple hand exercises – coming soon!
  • Have a go at our famous left-handers word search – here

Move With Oomph Day!

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Move With Oomph Day!

Today is the perfect day to get moving with all of the wonderful fitness content here at Oomph! Whether you are a keen fitness lover or are looking for a more gentle way to improve your health, there are many ways to workout with us. Exercise is not only good for your body, studies have shown that working out improves brain function, balance, self confidence and overall quality of life.

Get moving with our exercise content below…

Activity Ideas:

  • Get moving with a video from our partners at Instructor Live – here
  • Relax with our guided beach meditation – here 
  • Enjoy some short Oomph! Fitness sessions below:
  • Rock and Roll classics with Jack – here, here, here and here
  • Storytelling and Abba sessions with Jade – here, here, here and here
  • Boxing themed sessions with Stefan – here and here
  • 70’s dance moves with Alex – here, here, here and here