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World Milk Day

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World Milk Day

1st June is World Milk Day, celebrating the importance of milk and the dairy sector. Did you know, dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people?

The use of milk in food and drink has been happening for thousands of years, it is a liquid food rich with nutrients like calcium, it is an essential ingredient for dairy foods such as butter, cream, ice cream, and cheese. Milk can also be found as an ingredient used in other types of foods, such as bread, cakes, cereal, desserts and more.

Over six billion people worldwide consume milk and dairy, so there is no surprise a day is dedicated to milk!

 

Activities for World Milk Day:

  • Make your own marvellous milk cakes with our recipe – here
  • For a quick win, make these super cool cereal milk lollies – here
  • Try out your own sensory milk fireworks – here
  • DIY ice cream with our no-churn recipe – here
  • Blend up your own milkshake try banana splits – here
  • Condensed milk is a delicious ingredient in rice pudding, try the recipe – here

International Joke Day

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International Joke Day

The first joke is often attributed to the Greeks, specifically Palamedes, who is also credited with the invention of many other things. An example of an ancient Greek joke-telling reads like this:

‘A barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor take a journey together. They have to camp overnight, and so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

Laughter is medicine for the soul, so today be inspired by joke-telling with our activity ideas…

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Tell some dad jokes to each other – the sillier the better – here
  • Joking is all about laughter, how about some laughter yoga – here
  • Unleash your inner prankster with out sensory jelly oranges prank – here 
  • Test your knowledge with our British comedian quiz – here

International Joke Day

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International Joke Day

The first joke is often attributed to the Greeks, specifically Palamedes, who is also credited with the invention of many other things. An example of an ancient Greek joke-telling reads like this:

‘A barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor take a journey together. They have to camp overnight, and so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

Laughter is medicine for the soul, so today be inspired by joke-telling with our activity ideas…

 

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Tell some dad jokes to each other – the sillier the better – here
  • Have a go at our sensory guessing game – here
  • Create your own joke juke box with our activity – coming soon!
  • Enjoy these funny and creative improv games – coming soon!
  • Feel energized with our Laughter Yoga session: Doing The Housework – here 
  • Play a light-hearted prank with our orange and jelly activity – here 
  • Tickle your funny bone with this seaside themed Laughter Yoga session – here 
  • Enjoy our cooking themed Laughter Yoga session – here 
  • Relax with our Woodland Walk Laughter Yoga session – here 
  • Test your knowledge with our British Comedians Quiz – coming soon!
  • Have a laugh with our cheesy joke collection – coming soon!

William the Conqueror became Duke of Normandy (1035)

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William the Conqueror became Duke of Normandy (1035)

Born circa 1028 in Falaise, Normandy, France, William the Conqueror was an illegitimate child of Robert I, duke of Normandy. At only eight years of age, William became the new duke of Normandy. He became one of the greatest soldiers and rulers of the Middle Ages. He made himself the mightiest noble in France and then changed the course of England’s history by his conquest of the country.

Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invaded England at Pevensey on Britain’s southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history. He was crowned king of England on Christmas Day.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Learn all about William the Conqueror with History Hit’s podcast on Oomph! TV – here
  • Take our English Heritage quiz and test your English knowledge – here

International Reggae Day

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International Reggae Day

International Reggae Day is an annual event held in Kingston, Jamaica, and is dedicated to celebrating this style of music that entered into the world in a sleepy little island country in the Caribbean. It took some time, but Reggae eventually exploded to touch every corner of the world with its unusual and attractive, relaxed style.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to some Reggae music – Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh
  • Start with Three Little Birds by Bob Marley – here
  • Watch a Reggae inspired film – The Harder They Come, 1972, Cool Runnings, 1993, Countryman, 1982
  • Start with a clip from Cool Runnings – here

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd in Westminster Abbey (1953)

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd in Westminster Abbey (1953)

Today we are celebrating the 68th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd in Westminster Abbey (1953). The day was extravagantly celebrated around the world, especially in the UK. Coronations at Westminster Abbey have been held for 900 years, but the coronation of 1953 was special- it was the first ever to be televised! It was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone and millions more around the world.

A little fact, Queen Elizabeth II is the sixth Queen to have been crowned in Westminster Abbey, the first was Queen Mary I, who was crowned on 1 October 1553.

 

Activity ideas:

  • Watch the Crowning Ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II – here
  • Take a trip to Buckingham Palace with a virtual tour – here
  • Print out and enjoy our Queen Elizabeth themed activity book – here

World Bicycle Day

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World Bicycle Day

In 2018, the United Nations declared June 3rd as World Bicycle Day. World Bicycle Day is a chance for people around the globe to pay tribute to the bicycle and the many benefits it brings to society. Riding a bike can be a profession, a form of entertainment, a form of freedom, an outlet of expression or quite simply a cheap and easy mode of transport.

The great thing about World Bicycle Day is it celebrates all the good stuff, it is brilliant for your physical and mental health, great for the environment and economy and bikes are free to ride. So, from regular cyclists, to pro-cyclist or cyclist event watchers… we can all agree that the bike should be celebrated!

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Have a go at making bicycle planters with our activity idea – here
  • Watch a Penny Farthing bicycle race from 1928 – here

National Fish and Chips Day

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National Fish and Chips Day

Today is the celebration of the UK’s favourite dish, fish and chips! Fish and chips first appeared around the 1860s during World War II, since then it has been the nation’s favourite. It gained popularity when the meal helped fed masses of people during the first World War and fish and chips were the only few foods not rationed during the second World War.

By 1930 there were more than 35,000 fish and chip shops across the UK. The number is somewhat reduced today to around 10,500, but fish and chip shops still massively outnumber other fast-food places, such as McDonalds which has about 1,200 outlets across the UK. Different regions of the UK have their own taste on what fish and chips should be served with – curry sauce is most popular in Birmingham and people in Manchester love gravy and mushy peas the most.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy the fish’n’chips section of our monthly activity book – here
  • Order yourselves some fish’n’chips and serve in cones!
  • Chip shop chips not your cup of tea? Try our carrot fries – here
  • Watch reminiscent footage of a fish and chip shop serving in 1954 – here

World Environment Day

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day is a celebration of earths goodness and ways to preserve it for many years. It first started in 1974 to promote “worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.”  There are many active organisations and campaigns to raise awareness such as the UK’s ‘A Plastic Planet’s’ #OnePlasticFreeDay campaign, their aim is to ditch plastic, to help the whales, fishes, and marines under the sea.

As well as the UK, World Environment Day is a global movement. Many countries are participating to make the world greener and safer place for its inhabitants and demonstrating to future generations the importance of taking care of the planet.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Make your own recycled storage containers with our activity – here 
  • Test your environmental knowledge with our Ocean Deep quiz – here
  • And don’t forget to try out our Rainforest quiz – here
  • Celebrate the world’s animals with our Animal Kingdom quiz – here
  • Enjoy the world’s most calming natural environment, the sea – here
  • Do your bit for the environment and sow your own seeds – here

D-Day, World War II

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D-Day, World War II

Today marks a significant event in history. D-Day, or the Normandy Landing, occurred on Tuesday 6th June, 1944, during World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The invasion resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

The majority of the troops to defeat the Nazis were American, British, and Canadian forces. On the day, they landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.

As one of the largest military assaults in history, extensive planning was required to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target – which was a success. The Normandy landings have been referred to as the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the UK for the second World War. Explore Winston’s words – here
  • Watch Sky News’ archive footage of the D-Day landings – here
  • Watch our Winston Churchill talk and quiz – here
  • And don’t miss the D-Day article in our Oomph! Digest this week – here