This story celebrates the warmth of Afro-Caribbean family life. It is multi-cultural story all about a mum and baby are home alone when – DING DONG! – Auntie and then Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and the cousins come to visit. And they all want to hug and kiss and squeeze and eat the baby right up – because everybody loves the baby SO MUCH! The story lends to a characteristic warmth and humour to a most exuberant family party, the story book includes rhythmic, cumulative story captures the joy of being the baby in a large extended family – a baby who knows that he is absolutely, utterly adored.
Diwali is celebrated as a five-day New Year festival; it symbolises the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and new beginnings. Houses are lit by Divas – small clay pots containing a little oil and a wick (a tea light can replace the oil) – and rangoli patterns are made outside front doors, together with footprints to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune and wealth, into every home.
Buildings and streets are decorated with lights, and there are firework displays. Homes are cleaned, new clothes worn and cards and gifts, such as sweets (mithai) and dried fruit, are exchanged. One of the most famous legends associated with Diwali tells the story of how Prince Rama returned from exile with his wife, Sita, to his kingdom, after overcoming the 10-headed demon Rama with the help of Hanuman, the monkey god, and his army of monkeys. People were so delighted that they lit the couple’s return with rows of lights.
Think about the following questions:
How does the story start
Who was in the story?
Why did Rama and Sita leave ?
Who saved them ?
how does the story end?
Personal, social and emotional Focus/ CL/L
This story ‘Cuddle’ -focuses on looking at our feelings
What makes you happy? Why?
What makes you sad? Why?
Why not try some of these activities
Pass an object to each other taking it in turn to say your name. ( It helps when our grown ups are modelling looking and listening to us)
Play Simon Says - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkO8DaPIyXo
Modelling my turn your turn – actions / sounds
Singing songs – children choosing favourites