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James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” hits #1 (1971)

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James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” hits #1 (1971)

“You’ve Got a Friend” is a 1971 song written and recorded by Carole King. James Taylor’s version is from his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. His version was released as a single in 1971, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. “You’ve Got a Friend” won Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and King (Song of the Year). Dozens of other artists have recorded the song over the years, including Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Anne Murray and Donny Hathaway.

Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to James Taylor’s version of the classic song – here
  • And have a listen to Carole King’s version and decide which one you prefer – here
  • Would this song go on a personalised playlist? Find out with our activity – here
  • Encourage friendships in your setting with a new Music Lovers club

International Day of Friendship

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International Day of Friendship

Friendship Day is a day in several countries for celebrating friendship. It was first proposed in 1958 in Paraguay as the “International Friendship Day”. Friendship Day was originated by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930 and was promoted by the greeting card National Association during the 1920s but met with consumer resistance – given that it was too obviously a commercial gimmick to promote greetings cards!

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Let people know you appreciate them a Collage of Friendship – here
  • Or tell them what a “star” they are with our activity – here
  • Perform random acts of kindness within your care setting and encourage others to “pass it on”
  • Make friendship bracelets out of old t-shirts using Instructables’ how-to – here

International Tiger Day

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International Tiger Day

The tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats and this magnificent creature, with its distinctive orange and black stripes and beautifully marked face, has a day dedicated to it.  This was first celebrated in 2010 and was founded at an international summit that had been called in response to the shocking news that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century, with only around 3,000 left alive.

Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact and try to halt their decline. Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching and Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Have a go at crafting some cute tiger pom poms – here
  • Explore big cats in all their glory with our Crazy Cats activity – here
  • Try out our quiz testing you on the marvellous Animal Kingdom – here
  • Make the perfect tiger bookmarks that are fun and functional – here
  • And for a few more animal activity ideas, check out our Animal Kingdom activity – here

Beatrix Potter was born (1866)

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Beatrix Potter was born (1866)

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist; she was best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Born into an upper-middle-class household, Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted.

Potter wrote thirty books, the best known being her twenty-three children’s tales. With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought a farm in 1905. Over the following decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape. Potter was also a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep and a prosperous farmer keenly interested in land preservation.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy our Beatrix Potter activity book – here
  • Try your hand at our rabbit garland activity – here
  • Or make your own no-sew sock bunnies – here
  • Find out more about Beatrix with a Timeline special (skip the first 30 seconds!) – here

Bugs Bunny cartoon character debuts in “Wild Hare” (1940)

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Bugs Bunny cartoon character debuts in “Wild Hare” (1940)

On July 27th, 1940, Bugs Bunny appeared in “A Wild Hare,” the first of over 175 animated shorts starring the Warner Brothers’ cartoon rabbit. The world first heard Bugs Bunny’s “What’s up, Doc?” catchphrase in the cartoon.

Bugs was developed in the late 1930s by a host of cartoonists at Warner Brothers. Animator Ben “Bugs” Hardaway drew the earliest sketch of the rabbit, which was dubbed “Bugs’ Bunny” by other Warner Brothers employees.  The finished Bugs featured in “A Wild Hare” and was an immediate hit.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy the Bugs Bunny section of our monthly activity book – here
  • Find out more about the history of Bugs Bunny with a clip – here
  • There’s nothing Bugs loves more than carrots, so make our carrot fries – here
  • Or how about carrot and walnut slices – here
  • Or make your own no-sew sock bunnies in Bugs Bunny colours – here

Helen Mirren born (1945)

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Helen Mirren born (1945)

Helen Mirren, original name Ilynea Lydia Mironoff was born on July 26th, 1945 in London. The British actress is especially known for her role as Detective Jane Tennison on the television series Prime Suspect and for her subtle and sympathetic portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), for which she won an Academy Award. Mirren pursued stage work before debuting in film during the 1960s. A versatile, highly skilled actress, Mirren has starred in many movies, including Caligula, Excalibur, Calendar Girls and The Last Station.

Activity Ideas:

  • Watch Helen Mirren in one of her classic movies, how about Calendar Girls or The Queen?
  • Enjoy an interview with Helen Mirren on BBC’s Parkinson – here
  • From the Queen of the stage to the Queen of our nation, try out Queen activity book – here

National Marine Week

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National Marine Week

National Marine Week runs from 25th July to 9th August 2020 – a full fortnight to take advantage of the changing tides! No matter where you are around the UK, join in and celebrate fin-tastic seaside wildlife. The oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet and our oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface! Mind-blowingly, less than five per cent of the planet’s oceans have been explored. Learn more about oceans and marine life and find out more about the event here.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Take our Whales and Dolphins quiz – here
  • Or, how about an Ocean Deep quiz – here
  • Have a go at drawing sea creatures with our draw-along – here
  • Or enjoy soothing under the sea relaxation with our activity – here 

Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” hits #1 (1982)

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Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” hits #1 (1982)

“Eye of the Tiger” is a song by American rock band, Survivor. It was released as a single from their third album and was also the theme song for the 1982 film Rocky III, which was released a day before the single. It was recorded at the request of Rocky III star, writer, and director Sylvester Stallone, after Queen denied him permission to use “Another One Bites the Dust”. The film version  contains tiger growls, which don’t appear on the album version!

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to the famous classic in all it’s glory – here
  • Discuss how the song makes you feel – is it uplighting? Motivational?
  • Watch one of the Rocky films which are hugely popular across the globe
  • Try some boxing with our new boxing inspired plan – here
  • Make the perfect tiger bookmarks that are fun and functional – here
  • Have a go at crafting some cute tiger pom poms – here

All England Lawn Tennis Club is founded (1868)

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All England Lawn Tennis Club is founded (1868)

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All England Club, based at Church Road, Wimbledon, is a private members’ club. It is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass. Initially an amateur event that occupied club members and their friends for a few days each summer, the championships have become far more prominent than the club itself. However, it still operates as a members’ tennis club.

The Club was founded by six gentlemen at the height of a croquet craze as the All England Croquet Club, and held its first croquet competition in 1870. Its original ground was situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy our Wimbledon themed activity pack – here
  • Enjoy key Wimbledon victories and achievements with our activity – here
  • Take part in some creative trophy making – here
  • Enjoy a table tennis activity that’s great for hand dexterity – here

Wiley Post became 1st person to fly solo around the world (1933)

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Wiley Post became 1st person to fly solo around the world (1933)

American aviator Wiley Post flew solo around the world in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. He was the first aviator to accomplish the feat. Post, instantly recognizable by the patch he wore over one eye, began the journey on 15th July, flying nonstop to Berlin. After a brief rest, he flew on to the Soviet Union, where he made several stops before returning to North America, with stops in Alaska, Canada, and finally a triumphant landing at his starting point in New York. He used the Winnie Mae, a Lockheed Vega monoplane that was equipped with a Sperry automatic pilot and a direction radio for the solo journey.

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy the aeroplane activity book – here
  • Print out and enjoy our aeroplanes Oomph! Digest special – here
  • Listen to this fascinating podcast about the history of aeroplanes from History Hit! – here