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Chatterboxes aged from 0 to five-years-of-age are being invited to take part in the Chatterbox Challenge. A Mad Chatter’s Tea Party will be held by I Can, the children’s communication charity, launching in September 2012.
The annual fun and educational event for nurseries, pre-schools, childminding and community groups for children is now in its twelfth year and groups are asked to organise tea parties where children perform songs and rhymes to develop their communication skills in a simple and fun way.
Humf, the popular, little furry character from the pre-school TV series currently airing on Nick Jr is supporting the I CAN Chatterbox Challenge. Day nurseries, pre-schools and play groups are invited to hold tea parties where children perform songs and rhymes which helps develop their communication skills. The events will also raise valuable funds and awareness for I CAN’s work with children who struggle with speech, language and communication. Friends and family are encouraged to sponsor children for their Chatterbox Challenge performance.
The Chatterbox Challenge week is 1 to 8 March 2013, most groups will be holding their challenge this week, but it can be done any time throughout the year.
Lesson plans for Chatterbox Challenge, which include Humf and his friends in the activities and illustrations, link to key aspects of the new Early Years Foundation Stage including communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development.
The activities all help support and develop children’s speech and language skills, whilst raising awareness and funds for those children who struggle with talking and understanding.
Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN chief executive said: “We are really looking forward to launching I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge in September 2012, when we will be inviting hundreds of thousands of little Chatterboxes to take part in this annual event for nurseries, pre-schools, childminding and community groups.
“This year’s Chatterbox Challenge: Mad Chatter’s Tea Party with Humf asks groups to organise tea parties where children perform songs and rhymes, and raise funds for those who struggle to communicate.
“1.2 million children in the UK have long-term difficulties with their speech, language and communication and will need extra support. The Chatterbox Challenge encourages children under 5 to develop their speech and language skills in a simple and fun way, at the same time as helping those who find talking and understanding more difficult. I hope that as many children as possible will take part in l I CAN Chatterbox Challenge!"
To register and get involved in this year’s Chatterbox Challenge Mad Chatter’s Tea Party with Humf, visit www.chatterboxchallenge.org.uk.
Image: Children enjoying taking part in last year’s I CAN Chatterbox Challenge