The Pyjama Foundation Blog

Read about our latest adventures and glean some tips and tricks about helping children to grow, learn and flourish – it’s all here on The Pyjama Foundation Blog!

Jolly Christmas Crafts

Christmas is right around the corner and it is time to embrace the festive spirit of the season. We have gathered a complete Santa’s list of Christmas crafts to do with your little ones. Christmas crafts are a great way to entertain your little ones during the school holidays while letting them release their creativity.

Christmas Roll & Write Activity

This Roll & Write Writing Activity can be used to engage children in creative writing in the lead up to the festive season.

World Kindness Day 2021

Every year on November 13 the world is called together to celebrate World Kindness Day. The day promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. Here are some ideas to inspire you to infuse kindness into the world.

Celebrating brain diversity through one powerful story

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures is a sweet, intelligent book that celebrates diversity of thought and mind – including how thinking differently can lead to the most imaginative and clever ideas.

 

If you’ve ever felt different, if you’ve ever been low,

If you don’t quite fit in, there’s a name you should know…

TEMPLE GRANDIN’s that name!

 

And one you won’t quickly forget after reading this touching true-life story!

Temple was born long before anyone knew much about autism. However, at a young age she realised that the way she saw the world, including how her mind filled with photos and pictures instead of words and numbers, was different to the kids around her.

But instead of feeling embarrassed or angry, Temple used her unique brain and her love of animals to create a wonderful invention, the cattle hugging machine – a special device used by farmers across the globe that allows cows to feel safe and secure and keeps them calm, even when they’re feeling afraid.

Combining lyrical language, beautiful illustrations and an inspiring story, this book is perfect for any child who feels different, whether because of autism or any other brain disorder.

Most importantly, it’s a reminder for every reader that we’re all different – and that often includes the way our brains work.

Thankfully for the world (and for cute cows everywhere), people like Temple exist so the rest of us can be awed and inspired by their unique way of thinking and seeing the world – including their amazing ideas and inventions!

Eat, drink and be scary!

This Halloween, keep the spirits alive (pun intended)! Dress up in your Halloween costume, put up the decorations, and create some of these delicious Halloween-themed recipes.

The Impact of Illiteracy and the Importance of Early Intervention

Three billion people around the world struggle with basic level reading, writing and literacy. Studies revealed that those excluded from the education system at an early age often remain disadvantaged for the rest of their lives.

Spooky Season Arts & Crafts

Whether you’re having a Halloween party or looking to celebrate at home with your little one, these spook-tacular Halloween arts and crafts for kids will make your Halloween ghoulish fun!

Self-Portrait Activity for Self-Awareness

This resource gives children the opportunity to tell their own visual story and express how they feel about themselves. We hope the children will take ownership of their artwork as they make individual decisions to express their thoughts and ideas.

Maybe Tomorrow?

The childrens book Maybe Tomorrow? explores the themes of loss, grief, and the value of a caring friend in a gentle and sensitive way. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced hardship or grief, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to a friend moving away, or the transition to a new home or family situation.

The Power of Play

More than just a chance to have fun, play is serious business when it comes to a child’s development. Card games and board games can help teach your little ones academic, social, and emotional skills that they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.