When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine! This lovely, cheerful poster is the perfect message for our Spread A Little Sunshine campaign.
Spread A Little Sunshine
Join us at Activity Village in our campaign to Spread A Little Sunshine this February! Every day, reach out to family, friends, neighbours and everyone who help us, to let them know how much we appreciate them, check how they are doing and try to brighten their day. Turn it into a project for the kids, encouraging them to think of something special they can do every day - perhaps sending a letter to a grandparent or auntie, sharing some jokes with friends or making some sunny bookmarks for your local care home. You'll find many ideas below, as well as printables to help that are free for everyone this February, to download and share.
Spread a Little Sunshine
- Send a little message
- Sprinkle a little laughter
- Share a favourite recipe
- Post a little letter
- Give a little gift
- Let someone know you care!
Here are some ideas to get you thinking, but I'm sure you'll come up with many more of your own.
If you can do something every day, that's fabulous! If you can do something once a week, that's fabulous too! And even if the kids only send one short letter or postcard in the whole of February, that one letter will have made someone's day, which is what we hope to do.
If you want to challenge yourselves to do something every day, you can use our Spread A Little Sunshine Tracker to plan your ideas, or as a checklist to remind you to do something every day.
(And if you can't do something every day - why not aim for once a week? Eveery little thing could make the world of difference to someone feeling blue!)
- Everyone loves to receive a handwritten letter, postcard or note. We've got a printable page of letter starters to get you thinking below, as well as lots of sunshiny stationery, prompted and blank, and cards and postcards. We know that sometimes children don't want to write much, so we've also made some really mini cards to print too! Pop something in the postbox each day of February, or hand deliver to friends and neighbours when you are taking your daily exercise. Write lots or write just a few words - it's the doing it that's important!
- How about sharing a joke or two with family and friends? We've made some fun printables to help, including our little Lunch Box Jokes (I recommend tucking them into shoes overnight or putting them under the duvet for kids to find when they go to bed).
- Pop something in your window (or a safe window of your car) to share with everyone who walks by. You could use one of colouring pages or posters, or the lovely Sun Handprint Craft below.
- Do you have a laminator? You could make some weather-proof bunting to hang outside for all to see!
- Cut out or make a sunny bookmark or two. Use them yourselves to keep a sunny smile on your face, or pop them in the post to grandparents, aunts and uncles. You could even make a batch to deliver to your local care home, if allowed.
- Draw a sunshiny picture and share it! We've got some pretty frames to use below if you like.
- Make a little gift and attach a sunny gift card! We have many ideas on our Gifts Kids Can Make page and in our general Crafts section.
- Share a favourite recipe! Write out the recipe on our lovely printable recipe sheet and send to someone who will appreciate it. How about putting together the ingredients to make the recipe and delivering as a surprise to a neighbour? Or bake up a batch of sunny cupcakes and take them round.
Don't want to spend money on postage? You can always take a photo on your phone of your children's work, and send it by email or text message.
Our Spread A Little Sunshine Resources
All these resources are free during February for everyone to print and share. Spread A little Sunshine this February with Activity Village!
This pretty card is just right for sending a note to a special friend or favourite family member. Print and fold in half for an A5 card.
This colouring card showcases one of our favourite quotes from Helen Keller: "Keep your face in the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow". It's good advice, and perhaps the card would make a pick-me-up for a friend who needs help feeling cheerful?
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow". This lovely quote by Helen Keller has been turned into an inspiring colouring page for all ages to enjoy. We've left a border so that you can frame it if you wish.
Why not suggest that the kids write down one of their favourite jokes to send to a friend or family member, on this fun paper? Slice the page in half to get two A5 size pages - not too intimidating!
Spread a little sunshine with the help of this lovely card! Print it out, fold and fill up with encouraging words, then send to someone special. Print using borderless settings if possible, or fold and trim.
We've coloured in the background - now all the kids have to do is colour in the letters and the lovely smily sun!
Print 3 mini cards onto a page - perfect for writing just a quick little note or attaching to a little gift. Spread a little sunshine!
These cute little mini cards feature 3 sunny emoticons - perfect for sending a cheerful bit of sunshine to friend or family! And they are small enough that the kids will enjoy writing in them, too!
Send your favourite recipe to a friend or family member, writing it out first on this pretty recipe sheet. Perfect for bringing a smile to someone's face!
Choose from A4 and A5 versions of this fun writing paper, and blank, lined or handwriting versions too! It's perfect for sending a letter to brighten someone's day...
This pretty sun design looks like it might come from an old etching or brass design. Fun for older children to colour in. Perhaps they could come up with their own design using similar principles?
Bring a little sunshine into your home with this super easy sun handprint craft for summer! And as it involves some painting, some tracing, some cutting and some sticking, it proves a particularly popular craft for kids!
Here's a lovely sun writing frame (or colouring page for younger kids) to fill up with words about summer and sunshine!
This fun emoticon-style sunny face writing paper is sure to appeal to the kids! It prints out at 2 per A4 page (print with your borderless settings if you can) and there are 4 designs in each set of blank, lined and handwriting lines.
This is a fun card for kids to send to friends - the perfect "catch up" card! We've provided 2 sizes, both of which print onto A4 card or paper (using borderless settings if possible) - one A5 card and 2 A6 cards.
Send someone a sunshine card and you will really brighten their day! Just print (using borderless settings if possible - otherwise print and trim) and fold in half.
We have 3 versions of this cheerful drawing or writing frame, bordered by a sunny yellow colour - blank, with lines and with handwriting lines. Choose below.
Choose from blank, lined and even prompted versions of these lovely, cheerful notecards - ready to spread a little sunshine on whoever receives them! You can choose to print 2 or 4 to a page.
These 4 lovely bookmarks all feature a smiling sun and a sunshine quote to cheer you up whenever you open up your book.
Print and colour these pretty sunshine quote bookmarks for times when you (or someone you know) might need a little cheering up.
Print out 4 of these sunshiny thank you postcards to give to all those people who you would like to thank. Perhaps a health care worker has stepped up, or a teacher, or a colleague - or perhaps on of the children in your class has really made an effort with the other kids.
This poster is perfect for putting up on display to say a big THANK YOU to all anyone who has made a difference!
Spring and summer mean sunshine (sometimes!) - for those of us in the northern hemisphere, anyway! This fun writing paper could be used for either season, or perhaps for a weather topic.
This funny What's Up card, with its funny sun peeking up from the bottom, is sure to make someone smile and brighten their day! Print in A5 (1 to a page) or 6 (2 to a page) sizes.