Stinky, yummy, smelly, delicious memories…

Last week we told you about your sense of TASTE…this week, we’re going to tell you more about your sense of SMELL!

Smell is the most sensitive of the senses we have.

75% of our emotions are triggered by smell…I bet you can think of smells that make you feel happy, disgusted, or excited?

Our brains are very good at memorising smells to help remind us of particular memories.

Which smells remind you of when you were younger?

Does you teddy have a certain smell? Or your bedroom? PEWWWWW no stinky socks, I hope!! 😉

Here’s a challenge for today:

Close your eyes tight and get your friend, sibling or parents to hold different things in front of your nose to smell. This works really well with foods, but sometimes it’s fun to add something else in! See if you can tell what it is without opening your eyes. You can also decide whether you like the smell, and whether it reminds you of anything…

Hmmm I wonder what they’ll choose for you to smell!

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Let us know!

Nutrition Ninja 🙂

 

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Breathing well for better health

Morning Health Champions…how are we today?

Agent Lifestyle here! I’d like to give you a tip about breathing today, which will help you relax. It sounds obvious, but breathing is REALLY important for your health. Not just to keep you alive, but also to make you feel good.

On average, we breathe 20,000 times a day!!!

Breathing-in sends ‘oxygen’ around the body, to every single cell, giving them the energy they need to survive.

Breathing-out ‘carbon dioxide’ gets rid of waste products and toxins, the ones that damage our precious bodies if they stick around too long.

If we breathe well, we feel healthy and strong, calm and relaxed. If we forget to breathe well, or if something makes us breathe quickly, it can make us feel pretty rubbish!

Breathing well means taking deep, slow breaths in and out. Sitting and thinking about our breathing, and listening carefully to our gentle breath can make us feel restful and present (meaning we’re not distracted by things around us, and we feel peaceful).

Here’s an activity I’d love you to try:

It’s called ‘Handy Breathing’. We have tools that can help us – our hands!

  1. Hold your hand up in the air, and spread your fingers.
  2. With your other hand, place your finger at your wrist, underneath your thumb.
  3. Now gradually run your finger up and down the fingers on your hand, slowly.
  4. When you move up, breathe in slowly and deeply.
  5. When you move down, breathe out slowly and deeply.
  6. It’s important to watch your finger as you go, it helps us to feel relaxed and present.

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What other information can you find out about breathing?

Let me know how you get on, and whether you have any questions!

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Breathe in, breathe out

Agent Lifestyle 🙂

 

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Try our Choco-Banana Shake!

Hands up who likes chocolate?!

Hands up who likes banana?!

Hands up if you like to feel fit, strong and energetic?! Then why not try our Choco-Banana Shake?!

This is a delicious recipe, which is SO good for you. Let me explain more about the ingredients…

Bananas: Great for strong bones, good eyesight and brain power!! They give you energy but also help you to relax. They are one of the easiest & cheapest snacks you can have too…

Dates: Dates are like huge raisins, but they taste like toffee! As they are full of natural sugar, you should only eat them in small amounts. Full of vitamins and minerals, they nourish your body and keep your digestive system working properly. Dates  might taste like toffee, but because they’re full of vitamins and minerals, they’re much better for you.

Cocoa powder: Lots of us LOVE chocolate…but the chocolate we unwrap and eat from a bar is actually full of processed sugars, which don’t nourish our body very well. Natural cocoa powder is the chocolate without the sugar, and provides us with lots of nutrients. Cocoa comes from cocoa beans, which grow on a tree, in tropical countries. It is full of anti-oxidants, which fight all the nasties in our bodies (called free-radicals). It helps us to feel relaxed, and is healthy for our heart.

Hemp seeds: This is optional in the shake…you don’t have to add them in, but they make a delicious shake if you do, and give you the essential fats you need for brain power, and the amino acids to help rebuild your muscles after you’ve exercised.

So why not give it a go?! You will need to show this recipe to the adult taking care of you. You may need to go shopping together, to buy the ingredients. This is a great breakfast once in a while, or could be a delicious snack at the weekend.

We challenge you to have a go, and share a picture of your Choco-Banana Shake in the comments below!

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Enjoy, team!

Nutrition Ninja 🙂

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Team work makes the dream work

Often, working as part of a team get things done quicker, better and can be more fun!

Today, try to organise a relay race at lunch time. Perhaps you could have different races for each year group?

Instead of just running the relay race, change it so that each member of the relay team has to move in a different way…

  1. Skip
  2. Jump
  3. Side-step
  4. Bear crawl

Obviously, you can choose different ways of moving if you want to, but start with these first.

You’ll need to work as a team to find out who is best at skipping, jumping, side-stepping and bear-crawling, to help you win the race. It’s easy to fall into an argument when you’re trying to decide. You need to make sure you’re all happy to do any of them, and that you’re working to make your team great, not just yourselves.

Let us know how you get on – what did you change to make the race better? Do you have other relay ideas? Where else could you do this?

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Have fun, and be a good team-player!

Captain Kinetic 🙂

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Stay positive TEAM!!

Thumbs up for #thoughtfulthursday!!!

Being ‘positive’ is great…everything seems better when we are positive and feeling good about the future.

How do you make yourself happy when you’ve been feeling sad?

Do you have any good techniques that you could share with us on the blog?

Your challenge today is a very simple one – and still fits with Anti-Bullying Week…

Smile at 3 people as you’re walking to/around school today…

Can you brighten someone’s day with a BIG SMILE? It’s quite contagious you know…try smiling at someone now, and watch them smile back!!

Make sure your teachers are feeling really positive today too – give them a big, genuine smile – it will make them feel happy!

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In health and happiness,

Mindset Warrior 🙂

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All about your senses: TASTE

Today we’re going to learn about ‘taste’. Taste is one of our five senses, and is experienced with our tongue.

Our tongue is covered in tiny things (smaller than you or I can see) called ‘taste buds’. These taste buds help us to distinguish the different tastes of foods and can decide whether a food is one of four things:

  1. Sweet
  2. Sour
  3. Salty
  4. Bitter

Did you know: our taste buds can change over time? So if there’s a food you don’t like now, it’s quite likely that you will like it at some point in the future!

At some point today, have a chat with a friend about some of the sweet, sour, salty and bitter foods you like/don’t like. Our first challenge to you is to only choose healthy foods to talk about!

We ALL love sweet, sugary foods. Our taste buds are programmed to love them, and to want more, and more, and more, and more!! However, we have to make a sensible choice – to enjoy a sweet, sugary food once in a while, but not all the time. Trust me – it makes them taste even more delicious if you have them just once in a while!

The next thing we’d like you to try, is to identify which foods from your lunchbox/school dinner are sweet/sour/salty/bitter – can you feel which part of your tongue is tasting them? Check if it’s the same as the picture above!

Ask you family which sweet/sour/salty/bitter foods they like too…

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Have fun!

Nutrition Ninja 🙂

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What is ‘abundance’? How can it help us to be healthy?

Good morning everyone!

Today’s #tuesdaytip is about ABUNDANCE. Abundance means ‘a large quantity of something’ – or ‘a lot of something’. As it’s Anti-Bullying Week this week, focussing on ‘abundance’ is an important way of reminding us to help each other to be happy.

Having a lot of friends is great – more people to play with, more people to invite around your house, and more people to make you laugh! But sometimes, having just a couple of very close, caring friends is just as good – the ones you really trust, and know will always show you kindness.

Today, and for the rest of the week, why don’t you try to find ‘abundance’ in how happy you can make each other…we need a ‘large quantity’ of happiness in our schools, to help us with daily life. Do this by:

  • Talking to other children in your school that you’ve not spoken to before – they could be younger, or older.
  • Learn the names of 5 people you didn’t know before.
  • Speaking to new people when you’re with your parents.
  • Finding at least one way each day to make your best friends smile from ear-to-ear.
  • Doing something each day which makes your heart feel warm, and you feel peaceful.

We hope you find an abundance of happiness this week, for yourself, and others.

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Mindset Warrior 🙂

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Why do some people eat gluten free foods?

Hi everyone, today’s we’re going to have a quick discussion about ‘gluten’. This week is ‘Food Allergy Week’, so we’re going to learn a little bit about it, so we know how to support our friends and family that have food allergies.

You may have heard that some people avoid gluten, and eat gluten-free foods. Perhaps you, or someone you know, swaps normal spaghetti for gluten free spaghetti, or maybe they eat gluten free bread?

The reason lots of people do this is because they are allergic to gluten. Being allergic to something means that their body can’t cope with it very well, and often it causes them to be quite poorly.

Even people who are not allergic to gluten, sometimes choose to eat gluten free meals. Not every meal has gluten in, for instance, having a roast dinner, with chicken, potatoes and vegetables wouldn’t usually contain gluten.

Gluten tends to be in foods such as bread, pasta, cereals, cakes and biscuits.

Today, I wanted to share a recipe for breakfast which is gluten free, which you could try to have at home this week. These are delicious…they’re called ‘Heggy Pots’!

Heggy Pots are basically ‘ham and egg’ (Heggy!) cooked together in a cup/pot shape. Sprinkle some delicious seeds on top for a super brain-boost! You will need an adult to help you cook them, as they need to be put into a hot oven. You can help to prepare them though! They’re also delicious cold, so why not make a few extra ones, then keep them in the fridge for breakfast or snacks later in the week?

Here’s the recipe:

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Let us know how you get on with making these

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Improve your AGILITY – it’s obstacle course time!

 

Agility is being able to change the position of your body, or the direction of your body as quickly as possible.

To be agile, you need to:

be balanced and co-ordinated

capable of changing speed and power

aware of your centre of gravity

Agility is an important skill in several sports (for example tennis, football, hockey and squash) but also in your playtimes.

To be truly agile, you need to be able to change the position/direction of your body in response to something. For instance, a tennis player will need to change position/direction in response to his/her opponent’s shot. In football, a player will need to change position/direction in response to someone coming to tackle him/her.

So today’s mini-challenge is to create your own obstacle course!

What equipment can you find to create your own obstacle course at home, or in the park or playground? The equipment must be safe, so can be leaves from the garden to jump over? Or spare shoes to run around?

Two ways of making this more challenging:

  1. Time yourselves against your friends or family
  2. Ask someone to clap their hands every now and then, when they do, change direction or body position (you could go from running to crawling, or jogging backwards to side-steps…)

Post a photo, or a description of what you did on the Blog to share your ideas with other people from around the world!

Captain Kinetic

 

In health and happiness, Captain Kinetic

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Dealing with stress – clap along…

 

Sometimes, life gets difficult.

When it does, we need a little something to lift our spirits, and help us feel more positive.

Pharrell Williams does just that with his song ‘Happy’ featured in the film, Despicable Me 2.

“Clap along if you know what happiness is to you…” sings Pharrell. My question is: what is happiness to you?

Today’s inspiration is for you and your class to have a sing along! The lyrics are below, and you can find the video HERE on YouTube.

Lyrics

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take away
I’m a hot air balloon, I could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don’t hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine
Yeah, no offence to you don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Happy, bring me down
Can’t nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can’t nothing, bring me down
I said bring me down
Can’t nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can’t nothing, bring me down
I said

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Happy, bring me down
Can’t nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can’t nothing, bring me down
I said

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

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In health and happiness, Mindset Warrior

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5 Reasons your HEART is amazing!

  1. Your heart is about the size of both your hands clasped together.
  2. Girls’ heart beats are usually faster than boys’ heart beats.
  3. Your heart is actually a muscle! It is protected by a very good cage in your body, can you guess what this cage is? Feel the bones in your chest and around your back, what is the cage of bones called?
  4. You can keep your heart healthy by:
    • Exercising regularly – children your age should be exercising for an hour a day
    • Eating healthy foods – some of the best foods for your heart are: fish, berries, beans, olive oil, porridge and avocados (maybe not all together  though!!)
    • Relaxing and being happy – making sure you sleep enough, don’t get too worried about things, and taking time to enjoy healthy hobbies will help your heart.
  5. Getting outside helps to keep your heart healthy – sunshine on your skin (safely) will give you a boost of Vitamin D, which keeps your arteries working the way they should.

FUN FACT – An octopus has THREE hearts!! How many do you have?

What have you been doing this week to keep your heart healthy?

Do you know anything else about your heart you could share with the rest of the children from around the world on the Blog?

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In health and happiness, from all the Health Champions!

 

 

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How to get a better night’s sleep

How much sleep did YOU have last night?

Did you know, having the right amount of sleep allows our bodies to repair, perform tasks better and have a better memory? With a good nights sleep you’ll be able to run faster, learn new things easily, and it will help you grow, too!

Here are three tips for getting a better night’s sleep this week:

  • Give your parent or guardian a big CUDDLE before you go to bed tonight, and see if it helps you relax for a better night’s sleep.
  • READ a book to yourself, or ask someone else to read to you in bed as often as possible. Reading helps our eyes to relax, and sends us off into a gentle sleep.
  • Keep yourself COOL – perhaps ask your parent/guardian to open the window a little, and try to keep radiators turned low. Snuggle under your duvet for warmth!

I’m an expert on getting a good night’s sleep. Do you have any questions for me about sleep?

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Make a SMILE with your healthy food

Yesterday was World Smile Day! 🙂

What did you do to make someone smile yesterday?

What made you smile yesterday?

Today’s Health Hashtag #mondaymeals is to make a funny face on your plate of healthy food, take a photo of it, and tell us what makes your meal so healthy!

Like this one we made in a Reception (aged 4) class recently!

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In health and happiness, Nutrition Ninja

 

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