About the Hungry Little Minds and Manchester Art Gallery partnership:
Hungry Little Minds and Manchester Art Gallery have partnered together to deliver chat, play and read activities to support families in creating a good home learning environment for their children.
The team are working with lots of partners such as health visitors, children’s centres, nurseries, parenting teams and food banks to reach as many families and children across Greater Manchester as possible.
We have lots of great things happening! If you haven’t already please follow our Read Manchester Facebook page where you will find stories, chat, play and read activities, and lots of information about what’s coming up. If you enjoy our stories and content, please do share them on your Facebook page to help us in reaching as many families as possible.
Story and activity videos
On our Facebook page we will upload monthly videos from a storyteller who will be reading a story, which will include themed artwork from the gallery and activity ideas linked to the story. Take a look at the ones we’ve already released below. They are posted on the first Saturday of each month at 12pm and followed up with lots of interesting activity ideas throughout the month. We would love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know if you enjoyed them by commenting in the posts.
The Snail and the Whale, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Watch this video here.
What Shall We Do with the Boo Hoo Baby written by Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Ingrid Godon and published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Watch this video please click here.
Outdoor family led activities (keeping in line with the Government guidance and restrictions for COVID-19)
Crowcroft Park, The Snail and the Whale, 27 October
Back in October, we popped up with lots of outdoor, family led activities in Crowcroft Park, Longsight. They have included finding snails hidden in trees in a trail of snails, an ocean mark making activity, making snails out of clay and lots of colouring materials and snail/whale colouring sheets. Families also went to the local library to collect a free copy of the story.
We are planning our next family led outdoor activity in a Manchester park, more details to follow!
Christmas crafts with Hungry Little Minds and Manchester Art Gallery
On Tuesday 8 December at 10:30 all families are invited to join Jessica Eddlestone from the National Literacy Trust and Katy McCall from Manchester Art Gallery for a Christmas story, Christmas songs and crafts. The session will run for half an hour and will take place over zoom.
If you have these items in your house, they will be great for the zoom session:
- A pan
- A wooden spoon
- Paper (to scrunch up)
- Tin foil
- Ice, frozen in a container
Physical books and resources
We are working with early years’ settings and professionals to help get as many chat, play and read resources to families that need them the most. If you would like to get involved please contact the Hungry Little Minds Project Manager, Jessica Eddlestone.