We have collections of eBooks and eAudiobooks for children and young adults available on RB Digital (https://wokingham.rbdigitalglobal.com/), featuring top authors like David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Roald Dahl, Malorie Blackman, J K Rowling and many more.
To see a complete list of the available titles, go to the home page and look at the first two ‘bookshelves’ – one is for eBooks and one is for Audiobooks. Pick the one you want to search, and click on the ‘Explore’ button on the right. Next, click the ‘View All’ button on the white background in the top right. This brings up all the books in this format, so then click on the ‘Filter’ button, then ‘Audience’ and then select either ‘Children’ or ‘Young Adult’ from the drop-down list.
You can also look at the ‘National Shelf Service’ bookshelves on the home page – these are collections, in eBook and in Audio, of the books we hold which have been recommended by librarians as part of the National Shelf Service scheme which has been running during lockdown.
These activities are inspired by Enid Blyton’s books and the prompts for these activities can be found in the book Ripping Things to Do: The Best Games and Ideas from Children’s Books by Jane Brocket. With the introductions done, let’s get on to some smashing activities you can do yourselves.
What better way to start your Enid Blyton week activity by learning a code, or making one up, and the asking someone to de-code a message you leave them? In Blyton’s adventure books, such as The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, and The Five Find-Outers and Dog.
Codes you can learn:-
Morse code – a series of dots and dashes that people use for letters of the alphabet. The most common Morse code signal you may have heard of is S.O.S which is depicted as “Dot dot dot – dash dash dash – dot dot dot”. Use the pictures below to try sending secret messages either by tapping out the dots and dashes (use short sharp taps for the dots and leave longer gaps between taps for the dashes), flashing a torch light or a mirror in sunlight (mind the other person’s eyes), or by writing down the dots and dashes.
Semaphore alphabet – just to clarify the semaphore I’m talking about here is the kind used on ships, navy vessels, and in airports, not the kind to do with computer science. This semaphore is usually done by moving your arms into the positions shown in the picture to create signals and letters. Usually these are done with flags so that you are able to see the signal from a bigger distance, not to mention the bright colours in these flags help catch attention. Try coping the alphabet from below, maybe you can use some cloths that a parent or guardian has around, and when you’ve mastered the alphabet, try sending a message for someone else to crack!
Creating your own code:-
Ways to create your own codes can be as simple as assigning each letter of the alphabet a different letter of the alphabet. So for example A becomes Z and Z becomes A. To send a message with your own code you would spell out the message with your own alphabet and the other person would have to work out what it says.
Another way to make a code is to give each letter a number or symbol, so A would be the number 1, B-2 and so on. You’d make it more complicated I’m sure! For the symbols, think about what symbols are on a keyboard, or what your most used emojis are (if you are lucky enough to have access to a device with emojis) and give each letter a symbol or emoji.
You could also give each letter a word, like B could be Banana, C – chocolate or Wombat for W. You could use as many words as you wanted from wherever. Animals and foods are good codes to try, but you could always use things you have about your house, or Pokemon for example.
With all good code creators to start with, make a note of your code so that you can decode any messages or help the person you’re sending a message to in case they get stuck! Invisible Ink: – Another idea for sending coded messages is using certain house hold products to create an invisible ink. You can use any liquid that dries clear, but when heated turns brown! Juices like orange, lemon and apple work well, and milk or diluted honey are some other alternatives. Why don’t you have a play around with some other (adult agreed) liquids to see what might also work?
To do the writing, you can use a pen with a nib (not your best fountain pen!) a feather, toothpick, cocktail stick, rubber stamps, a thin paint brush or use your finger. Use your codes to make an invisible message!
A good chunk of the time spent indoors in Enid Blyton’s books are spent either doing homework, reading, or playing card games.
Now you can play any of the card games you have in the house, Top Trumps, Uno, Happy Families, but if you want to try and learn a new game, some of the ones that Enid Blyton wrote about for example, you can check out this website for 12 games to play with a standard deck of cards, or ask permission or a grown up, to look up these games below:
• Beggar my neighbour
• Go Fish
• Old Maid
• Chase the Ace
A good way to pretend that you’re camping like many good Enid Blyton characters is to build a den in your house. We’ll be looking at what you’ll need to create a den and a few ideas on how to put it together.
What you might want to get together, or ask an adult if you cause use are:
• Cuddly toys
• Fairy lights
Find a space you can use, maybe a living room, or under the dining room table, or between two chairs. Drape your blanket over the table, chairs or the sofa in the living room. Then make your den as comfortable as possible and enjoy!
This den can be anything such as a tent, a cave, a castle, a ship, treasure island, whatever you want! You could even use your new codes as an entry word, or you can play some of the card games you’ve just learnt to do in your den, colour, draw maps, and discover some treasure. If you’re lucky enough to have a tablet, laptop or set up in front of a TV maybe you could enjoy the Malory Towers TV series that’s on CBBC iPlayer right now!
Welcome back to the Wokingham Borough Libraries Quiz! This week it’s a chance for our younger readers to test their knowledge – but why don’t you challenge your parents to see who can score the most? We would love to hear who wins!
As our May half-term activities were put on hold, Wokingham Borough Libraries created some virtual events for young people to take part in. Throughout the week we asked you to do some Elmer Activities.
Here are your fantastic creations in our Elmer Parade.
Join us this week in celebrating all things Blyton! We have put together this smashing list of activities to try. Some of these activities will be going live on social media during the week. If you’ve taken part in any of our activities this week we would love to hear about it – share your photos on our social media or email them firstname.lastname@example.org
Elmer makes the world a much brighter place. So for this year’s Elmer Day, Andersen Press are spreading the positivity of Elmer with free resources that everyone can enjoy at home. Each day we will focus on an activity and we would love you to join in and send us your creations, so we can have our own Elmer Parade! Please tag us on social media or send your pictures to email@example.com
How everyone can get involved:
Wear your brightest colours on 23rd May to celebrate Elmer Day
Get creative and play with colour – make a rainbow, a jungle collage or a milk bottle Elmer. These activities and many more can be found in the Elmer Day Activity Pack
Guided Mediation Blog for Mental Health Awareness Week from Alison at Relax Kids Wokingham
Alison supports children, young people and families with the tools to find their inner calm, manage stress and anxiety, whilst raising self-esteem. One of the tools Alison uses are guided visualisations or mini meditations.
Alison is a Relax Kids Coach, and follows a unique seven steps programme, taking children from high energy, down to deep relaxation by using different relaxation and mindfulness techniques to slow the body down. The seventh and final step of a Relax Kids session is the relaxation part, using guided visualisations and most children say that this is their favourite part!
Guided visualisations use our imaginations to bring awareness and connect our mind and body, by stilling the mind and relaxing the body. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety, whilst helping us to feel more positive.
Guided visualisations can be used to create a moment of calm as a family at any time. A particularly lovely time to use guided visualisations or meditations is bedtime, as they encourage relaxation and a peaceful sleep.
Relax Kids head office have createda free Calm Pack,for this unusual time that we are all experiencing. Included in the pack is a guided visualisation ‘The Wishing Star’ along with a set of relaxation cards, including breathing exercises, affirmation cards and tips to creating a relaxation space at home. The pack can be downloaded here: https://www.relaxkids.com/calm-pack
If you would like to find out more about Relax Kids sessions, get in contact with Alison Sellers from Relax Kids Wokingham on Facebook – @alisonrelaxkidswokingham or Instagram @alisonrelaxkids_wokinghamareas
As our May half-term activities have been put on hold, Wokingham Borough Libraries have created some virtual events for young people to take part in. Throughout the week we will have Elmer Activities as well as our usual storytime, origami club, lego club and rhymetime. Have a go at the activities then you can tag us on Social Media with any of your creations! or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org