Animal Crazy and Sports Mad!

23rd February 2018
As the Winter Olympics draws to a close, we have started to think about the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, beginning on 4th April. And of course this summer we have the FIFA World Cup to look forward to, too! It's going to be a great year to get kids interested and involved in all sorts of sports.
We've been having lots of fun with animals this week. You'll find some fabulous new animal "scene" posters on the website - perfect for framing and decorating. And we've produced a range of backdrops - field, pond, rainforest, savannah, and so on - to use with new cut and stick creatures and finger puppets. Sarah has shown us how she has been using them to put on puppet shows and for stopframe animation in our Guest Post this week.
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What a fabulous Winter Games it has been! Why not have a last look at our Winter Olympics activities and use them for a round-up next week?
Who's still enjoying the Winter Olympics?
We are a British site, so I hope non-UK readers will forgive us for celebrating our Team GB Winter Olympics medal winners! We've got colouring pages, posters and story paper for the kids. Use them to inspire a future Olympian? 
Who's still enjoying the Winter Olympics?
This week's colouring quotes (and colouring cards) are about friends.
Two new colouring quotes about friends
We've got 5 bright new birthday cards to print ...
5 bright new birthday cards to print
... and some l​​​​ovely new printable Mother's Day cards too.
Lovely new printable Mother's Day cards
We've added new animal lacing cards for younger children - easy edges and lovely faces!
New animal lacing cards for younger children
Learn about Mark Twain and explore our collection of interesting worksheets and printables
Learn about Mark Twain and explore our collection of printable activities
We're getting started early on our Gold Coast Commonwealth Games activities with a new range of colouring pages, worksheets and printables. More to come soon.
We're getting started early on our Gold Coast Commonwealth Games activities
Here are our new backdrop printables ...
There are many ways you can use our new backdrops
... which work well with our new finger puppet printables ...
So many new finger puppet printables - perfect for using with our new backdrops!
... or our new cut and stick characters!
Or print some of our new cut and stick characters to use with our backdrops
And finally, we've been adding to our collection of animal posters - perfect for decorating classrooms, playrooms or bedrooms!
Adding to our collection of animal postersa
This Week's Guest Post
This week Sarah shows us how she has been using our new backdrop printables - in a group stopframe animation, as a background for a finger puppet performance, and for cutting and sticking activities. She's come up with lots more ideas, t
Using our new backdrop printables
A Little Something ...
I tried to choose just a few Mark Twain quotes for this week's newsletter, but I have so many favourites that I couldn't narrow the list more than this. Enjoy!
Mark Twain's Wisdom
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” 
Mark Twain on Books and Reading
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” 
“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” 

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” 
Mark Twain's Humour

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce.” 

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
​​​​​​​“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” 
"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." Mark Twain
Coming Up Soon ...

​​​​​​​27th February: National Polar Bear Day

1st March: St David's Day

2nd March: Dr Seuss's Birthday

2nd March: Holi

11th March: Mother's Day (UK)

11th March: Mothering Sunday

12th - 18th March: Shakespeare Week

14th March: Commonwealth Day

17th March: St Patrick's Day

21st March: Nowruz

30th March - 7th April: Passover

1st April: Easter

4th April - 15th April: Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Australia


​​​​​​​Spring . . Summer . . Autumn . . Winter
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Lindsay Small​​​​​​​
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