Chatterbox Challenge: Are you ready for your Mad Chatter’s Tea Party with Humf?
I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge week is coming up on 1-8th March 2013. We held our own Chatterbox Challenge tea party yesterday with a special appearance from Humf, from Nick Jr.’s who danced with the children to ‘I’m a Little Teapot’! Boogie Mites came along to lead our Chatterbox Challenge songs and activities and our Communication Advisor, Jon Gilmartin, was there to tell parents about the importance of developing children’s speech, language and communication skills in the early years.
We are inviting thousands of little Chatterboxes to take part in the annual fun and educational event for nurseries, pre-schools, childminding and community groups. Now in its 12th year, the 2013 Chatterbox Challenge: Mad Chatter’s Tea Party with Humf asks groups to organise sponsored tea parties where children can join in with popular songs and rhymes to develop their communication skills in a simple and enjoyable way. Thanks to the kind support of Openreach, funds raised through sponsorship will enable I CAN to help even more children who struggle to communicate.
Each Chatterbox Challenge: Mad Chatter’s Tea Party with Humf will raise valuable funds and awareness for I CAN’s work with some of the one million children in the UK who struggle with speech, language and communication, as friends and family will be encouraged to sponsor children for taking part and joining in.
As with previous successful years, the singing and rhyming activities for the 2013 Chatterbox Challenge: Mad Chatter’s Tea Party with Humf have been carefully developed by I CAN speech and language therapists and teachers. The lesson plans, which include Humf and his friends in the activities and illustrations, link to key aspects of the new Early Years Foundation Stage including Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. All the activities are aimed at supporting and developing children’s speech and language skills.
Groups can register now for their free fundraising pack at the Chatterbox Challenge website (www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk).
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