Mindful Monday Empathy

Hello everyone,

It’s Mindful Monday again and hoping the week flew by even faster than Peter Pan!

Empathy is quite a big word but a very important word for us all to learn about.  Here is Sesame Street explaining all about what the word empathy means and why it is so important….

Sesame Street Empathy

I thought I would start with a fabulous story that you may have heard of or read before it’s called Giraffes Can’t Dance.  You may have this book at home which if you have you could get someone in your family to help you read it, otherwise click below for the YouTube version.

Whilst you are listening to the story have a think….

How do you think Gerald feels at the beginning of the story?

How do you think Gerald feels by the end of the story?

What about the Cricket in the story, how did he help Gerald and do you think he was a good friend to Gerald?

It is a musical version of the story so why not get up and have a dance?  You could dance like Gerald or, make up your own dance by dancing in your very own unique and special way just like Gerald?  Do you know what musical instrument is being played in the version below?  Listen very carefully and have a think and I’ll tell you at the end of the blog!

Giraffes Can’t Dance Story

Try giraffe pose with Jaime from Cosmic Kids…

Giraffe Pose

Activity Time!

Here are some lovely activities for you to try

Gerald the Giraffe


Lulu’s Feelings Funsheet


Feelings Dice


Name that Feeling

We all have different feelings at different times and when we feel a certain way we may show it with our body or our face.  You may be able to tell when people are feeling sad, happy, frightened or worried by the way they are looking. You could play the game below with your family and see if you can all ‘name that feeling’.  Do you think that the cricket in the story knew how Gerald was feeling just by looking at him?

Quiet Time!

Here is Jaime from Cosmic Kids again with a beautiful meditation called Friendly Wishes.

Friendly Wishes Meditation

Oooh I feel so relaxed now, I hope you do too.  Don’t forget to email us any pictures of you doing any of the activities, we love seeing them.

Sending you lots of love from our hearts to yours,

Mrs Mitzman and all of your Nursery Teachers xxx

P.S. The instrument is called a ukulele, it looks a bit like a small guitar and it comes from Hawaii which is an island in the Pacific Ocean.  A ukulele looks like this…