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Chatterbox Challenge Week Success!

We were all Chattering last week for our annual Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds like fun with Humf, the fundraising and awareness raising event for children under 5. Many of you across the UK got involved and shared your fantastic pictures and news with us on Twitter. I CAN’s schools, Meath and Dawn House, got involved and pupils had fun singing and signing! Our fantastic early years partner groups shared additional activities and songs, and contributed to I CAN’s blog. If you haven’t seen them yet, read them here!

We were thrilled that Chatterbox Challenge was Mumsnet Campaign of the Week and Twinkl, the educational resources website are currently running a competition for registrants!

We are grateful to every single child, parent, carer and professional who got involved and supported our Chatterbox Challenge. Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds like fun with Humf develops the communication skills of the under 5s through songs and rhymes based on sounds, noises and even silence to highlight the difficulties faced by 1.2 million children in the UK with their speech, language and communication.

If you fundraised at your Challenge, please send us your funds raised by 31 March 2014. This will ensure that you are entered into our prize draw to win up to £500 worth of TTS educational supplies plus a visit from Humf himself!*

Details about prize draw can be found in your Activity Guide and at www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk.

Thanks to the support of Openreach and TTS, all the funds raised by groups will enable I CAN to help more children who struggle to communicate and express themselves.

It is not too late to get involved! You can still register at www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk and organise your own event.

Your stories:

Barlborough Hall School & Nursery

We had a lovely day on Friday when the children from  Nursery and Pre Prep Three class came together to perform all the songs and rhymes they had learnt in our Chatterbox challenge week. They made special tickets for their families to gain entry to the theatre and also served buns and biscuits that the children had baked.

The children sang ten songs including a solo performance. Everybody agreed it was a wonderful afternoon and great fun.

Highfield Children’s Centre

On the day of the challenge the children, parents/carers and staff came together at circle time and sang “Hickory Dickory Dock”, “Baa Baa” “Twinkle Twinkle”, “Incy Wincy” and “1,2,3,4,5, one I caught a fish alive” using our interactive Nursery Rhyme prop bag which enable all children to engage interactivley especially the younger ones.

The whole group had lots of fun singing the songs together, taking turns and using the nursery rhyme bag with their parents/carers, which creates anticipation of which character they may pick out of the bag to sing as a group together.

All children received a Chatterbox Challenge certificate and sticker from the early years workers for taking part and received an individual applause for their achievement which made the children excited and parents/carers proud.

Little Acorns Nursery

All 68 children in nursery took part. The nursery rhymes performed were: Babies and Upper Babies (6 weeks-18 month) ’I Hear Thunder’, Infants (18-24 month) ’Hop Little Bunny’ Tweenies (24-36 month) ’If You’re Happy and You Know It……’ and Preppies (36+ month +)’Hickory, Dickory, Dock’ .

Children made resources to enhance their nursery rhymes. Preppies made a large Grandfather clock and lots of 3D mice, Tweenies and Infants made masks, Babies and Upper babies included activities such as water play to enhance their rhyme. Parents and carers were invited to come in and watch their child perform, the children performed their rhyme each afternoon and they also brought a favourite teddy bear into nursery each day so if they had no adult able to attend they could perform for their teddy. We were so please to have raised over £1700 for our Challenge!

Rainbow Childcare Centres

Jacqui Darlington said, “The children and adults all had a fantastic time at our Chatterbox Challenge at 5 different settings and I would like to say a BIG ‘Thank You’ to all the adults who sponsored our little chatterboxes, we have raised quite a bit of money towards I CAN’s work”

View photos from groups around the country below: