How to join in with a digital family event hosted by children's author Smriti Halls

A digital family day will take place tomorrow with children's author Smriti Halls.

By Corinne Macdonald
Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 3:56 pm

The National Literacy Trust in partnership with CaVCA will be going live via Zoom on Wednesday March 31 at 10am, to host their second Hungry Little Minds digital family day.

This event is going to be introduced and headed by children’s author and illustrator, Smriti Halls whose popular book Rain before Rainbows will be used as a recurring theme throughout the day.

The session will be going live via Zoom, from 10am to 1pm and is primarily aimed at parents, carers and early years’ settings with children aged 0-5.

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Musical play. Picture: National Literacy Trust

However, the invite is extended to all families who are welcome to dip in and out of the activities.

All activities will be based on the themes of chat, play, read and sing and are designed for parents and carers to be able to follow along, in the comfort of their homes.

In Scarborough, CaVCA’s Home Learning Practitioner Gemma Abell will be demonstrating how to make rainbow experiments.

A further nine areas from across the country will be joining in the session, alongside local figures including Lisa Clissett from Peterborough, Jessica Eddlestone from Manchester and Claire Kelly from the Institute of Wellbeing in Croydon.

A family having fun at home. Picture: National Literacy Trust

The digital family day is forming part of the Hungry Little Minds campaign, which is funded by the Department for Education and supported by the National Literacy Trust.

The campaign provides families of children under five with lots of simple and fun activities to easily slot into their daily routines whilst building their child’s speech and language skills at home.

Ella Burns, Senior Project Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We are excited to return for our second Digital Family Day, following the great success of our last event.

"Our theme is ‘Rain before Rainbows’, and we’ll be exploring the theme through story reading, singalongs, science experiments, art and more.

"Please come and join for a fun and interactive morning.”

Gemma Abell, Home Learning Practitioner at CaVCA, said: "Come and join us for another fun packed digital morning full of hope, joy and rainbows.

"The sessions are all full of great ways to engage with your little ones and full of great ideas to use at home. I will be demonstrating some egg-cellent rainbow egg-periments that the whole family can enjoy throughout the holidays.”

A full schedule of the digital family day will be available on the National Literacy Trust’s Facebook page, but for now all families, carers and early years’ settings who would like to join the session please email Charlie Harding: [email protected].

For more information on the Hungry Littles Minds campaign in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey please visit CaVCA’s website.

For more simple tips and activities that parents can do to support their children’s literacy at home, visit the national Hungry Little Minds website or the National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life website.

Rain before Rainbows is written by Smriti Halls, illustrated by David Litchfield and published by Walker Books.