Daily Activities

We know how important it is for people to stay active, engaged and stimulated while our Lifelong Learning Programmes are closed. With that in mind, we’ll be posting daily activities on this page, in line with our weekly theme. You can do them all at home, using resources that you should be able to find around the house and garden.

We’d love to see photos of you doing the activities, or your finished work! You can share them on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or send them to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put them online for you.

Take care everyone, and stay purple!
 

Daily activity 52: Changes to Polar Ice Caps

June 2, 2020

Fact of the day:

Temperature changes at the North and South poles affects what species can survive there.

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Daily activity 51: Climate change and weather patterns

June 1, 2020

Fact of the day:

Climate change is the increase in the planet’s temperature due to human-made emissions of greenhouse gases. The increased temperature means that there are changes in the world’s weather patterns and more common extreme weather events.

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Daily activity 50: Yayoi Kusama

May 29, 2020

Fact of the day:

Yayoi Kusama is a 91 year old Japanese artist who is well-known for her repeating dot patterns. She is still making art and is Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist.

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Daily activity 49: Ada Lovelace

May 28, 2020

Fact of the day:

Ada Lovelace was the world’s first computer programmer. She lived in the UK from 1815 – 1852.

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Daily activity 48: Maria Sibylla Merian

May 27, 2020

Fact of the day:

Maria Sibylla Merian was naturalist and scientific illustrator, she was one of the first people to observe insects directly.

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Daily activity 47: Grace Darling

May 26, 2020

Fact of the day:

In 1838 Grace Darling risked her life to rescue shipwrecked mariners off the coast of Northumberland, she safely got all survivors back to shore.

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Daily activity 46: Harriet Tubman

May 25, 2020

Fact of the day:

Harriet Tubman was an African American woman who escaped slavery and then helped nearly 300 other slaves escape to freedom too.

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Daily activity 45: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Take Notice

May 22, 2020

Fact of the day:

Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place around you and savouring ‘the moment’ directly enhances your well-being.

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Daily activity 44: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Give

May 21, 2020

Fact of the day:

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

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Daily activity 43: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Keep Learning

May 20, 2020

Fact of the day:

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem.

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Daily activity 42: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Be Active

May 19, 2020

Fact of the day:

Regular physical activity is associated with a higher rate of wellbeing across all age groups.

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Daily activity 41: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Connect

May 18, 2020

Fact of the day:

Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need.

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Daily activity 40: Van Gogh, Jimi Hendrix, Eurovision, & Florence Nightingale

May 15, 2020

Fact of the day:

The week starting 11th May has been a very eventful one in history.

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Daily activity 39: George Lucas

May 14, 2020

Fact of the day:

On 14th May 1944 George Lucas was born In California, USA.

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Daily activity 38: Monty Python

May 13, 2020

Fact of the day:

On this week in May 1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python formed.

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Daily activity 37: Cats the musical

May 12, 2020

Fact of the day:

On this week in May 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) first premiered on the West End.

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Daily activity 36: Amy Johnson

May 11, 2020

Fact of the day:

On 11th May 1930 Amy Johnson started on her attempted solo flight from England to Australia, some 10,000 miles away, in her ‘Gipsy Moth’ plane.

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Daily Activity 35: Cleopatra

May 8, 2020

Fact of the day:

Cleopatra was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

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Daily Activity 34: Egyptian deities and legends

May 7, 2020

Fact of the day:

Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2,000 deities! They had gods for everything, from dangers to chores!

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Daily Activity 33: Pyramids & Hieroglyphics

May 6, 2020

Fact of the day:

Most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs (rulers of Ancient Egypt) and their families. To date, over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.

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Daily Activity 32: Pharaohs

May 5, 2020

Fact of the day:

Pharaoh is the common title of the monarchs of ancient Egypt

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Daily Activity 31: The ancient civilisation of Egypt

May 4, 2020

Fact of the day:

The river Nile provided the Ancient Egyptians with food, transportation, building materials, and more. The Ancient Egyptians called the Nile the “Aur”, which means “black” like the rich soil.

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Daily activity 30: Pirates of the Caribbean

May 1, 2020

Fact of the day:

The Pirates of the Caribbean film series is based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. The series surrounds the adventures of the eccentric pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Daily activity 29: Pirate Ships

April 30, 2020

Fact of the day:

A good pirate ship needed three things: it needed to be seaworthy, fast, and well-armed in order to win fights.

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Daily activity 28: Treasure Island

April 29, 2020

Fact of the day:

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island in 1881. It is set in the days of sailing ships and pirates and tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate.

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Daily activity 27: Famous Pirates

April 28, 2020

Fact of the day:

Blackbeard’s real name was Edward Teach and he lived from 1680 – 1718. He was one of the most feared pirates from what has become known as ‘The Golden Age of Pirates’.

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Daily activity 26: Become a Pirate

April 27, 2020

Fact of the day:

The English word “pirate” comes from the Latin term “pirata” which means ‘sea robber’ and from the Greek word “peirates” which means ‘one who attacks ships’.

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Daily Activity 25: The BFG

April 24, 2020

Fact of the day:

The Big Friendly Giant is unlike other giants. He doesn’t like to eat people, and he captures dreams and keeps them in jars for people to enjoy while they were asleep.

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Daily Activity 24: The Twits

April 23, 2020

Fact of the day:

Roald Dahl’s book ‘The Twits’ was first published in 1980. It tells the tale of a pair of horrible twits and the tricks they like to play on each other.

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Daily Activity 23: James and the Giant Peach

April 22, 2020

Fact of the day:

In this book, James drops some magical crocodile tongues near a peach tree. This makes a peach grow to be as big as a house! James goes inside the peach and meets insects that are his size. James and the group travel in the peach across the ocean and in the sky from England to New York City.

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Daily Activity 22: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

April 21, 2020

Fact of the day:

In this book, 5 children find golden tickets and win a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker, Willy Wonka.

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Daily Activity 21: Roald Dahl

April 20, 2020

Fact of the day:

Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor. As a writer his extraordinary mission was to amaze, thrill and inspire.

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Daily Activity 20: Hives

April 17, 2020

Fact of the day:

A honeybee hive can contain up to 50,000 bees.

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Daily Activity 19: Woodland Floors

April 16, 2020

Fact of the day:

The woodland floor has habitats hidden underground. Badgers are in their setts, rabbits in their holes, and foxes in their dens.

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Daily Activity 18: Treetops

April 15, 2020

Fact of the day:

Some animals make their homes in trees. Wasps and birds live up high in nests, and squirrels live up high in dreys.

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Daily Activity 17: Riverbanks

April 14, 2020

Fact of the day:

The riverbank is home to birds, mammals and insects including Kingfishers, Frogs, Newts, Voles, Shrews, Dragonfly, Otters, Herons, Toads and Beavers.

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Daily Activity 16: Hedgerows

April 13, 2020

Fact of the day:

There are over 500,000 kilometres of hedgerow in Britain. That is a very large habitat for butterflies, mice and birds, spiders, and hedgehogs.

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Daily Activity 15: Spring Traditions

April 10, 2020

Fact of the day:

Across the world spring is seen as a time for new beginnings, happiness and growth. Many countries have their own unique spring traditions and celebrations.

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Daily Activity 14: Spring Blossom

April 9, 2020

Fact of the day:

Hanami is the Japanese tradition of celebrating blossom as the first sign of spring.

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Daily Activity 13: Daffodils

April 8, 2020

Fact of the day:

Daffodils announce the beginning of the spring and the waking of nature.

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Daily Activity 12: Spring Poems

April 7, 2020

Fact of the day:

William Blake wrote ‘Songs of Innocence’ in 1789; several of the poems from this collection were written to welcome the Spring.

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Daily Activity 11: Spring Animals

April 6, 2020

Fact of the day:

There are about 5,000 different species of ladybirds in the world.

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Daily Activity 10: Orbiting

April 3, 2020

Fact of the day:

An orbit is a repeating path that one object in space takes around another. The moon orbits the earth, and the earth orbits the sun.

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Daily Activity 9: Life on the Surface of a Planet

April 2, 2020

Fact of the day:

Some planets have rings, some have red spots, some are dusty, some have water and life.

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Daily Activity 8: The Planets

April 1, 2020

Fact of the day:

There are 8 main planets in our solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune.

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Daily Activity 7: Ursa Major & Minor

March 31, 2020

Fact of the day:

The constellation Ursa Major is also known as the Great Bear, Ursa Minor is known as the Smaller Bear.

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Daily Activity 6: Constellations of Stars

March 30, 2020

Fact of the day:

A constellation is a group of visible stars that form a pattern in the sky when viewed from Earth

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Daily Activities 5: A Super Poem!

March 27, 2020

Fact of the day:

Many Superheroes have superpowers, from being able to travel through time, to having superhuman strength, to having supersenses.

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Daily Activities 4: Superman

March 26, 2020

Fact of the day:

Superman is famous for his blue and red suit, which features the letter S on his chest.

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Daily Activities 3: The Joker

March 25, 2020

Fact of the day:

The Joker is one of Batman’s oldest enemies, and is known for his iconic laugh.

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Daily Activities 2: Batman

March 24, 2020

Fact of the day:

Batman is also known as the ‘Caped Crusader’, the ‘World’s Greatest Detective’, and the ‘Dark Knight’.

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Daily Activities 1: Superheroes

March 23, 2020

Fact of the day:

Superheroes are dedicated to fighting the evil of their universe, protecting the public, and battling super-villains.

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