It’s International Literacy Day on Friday 8th September and we have been asked by Viking to get creative with a box of goodies they have sent us. We were given some gold, silver and bronze Sharpies, a quill (which I was very intrigued by), lots of paper and card and a tote bag too. Emma has just begun to get into crafting so I was excited as to what we could create together. Plus, with the rainy weather that has been sprung upon us, it’s the perfect activity to do together on a miserable day!
what is international literacy day?
International Literacy Day has been celebrated since 1965 and it is honoured to celebrate the efforts made to increase literacy rates around the world. I was pretty shocked to read on Viking’s website that it is estimated over 780 million adults do not know how to read or write. From a young age, Emma has shown such an interest in reading. We have a growing bookshelf and each night Emma chooses her book of the day to read together. Even though I’m usually very tired at that point, it is still my favourite thing to do together. I love this quote by President Clinton:
“Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens.”
― President Clinton on International Literacy Day, 1994
how are we celebrating?
This week Emma is making a move to the next room at nursery, so we’re sadly saying goodbye to some of the lovely girls who have been taking care of her for the past year. We’re both a bit emotional about it, as her start at nursery has been wonderful but it’s onto her new ‘toddler’ room! To say thank you and show them how much they mean to us, we thought we would make a little thank you bag and card. We”ve also bought them a tin of biscuits and chocolates too for them to enjoy together.
But what to put on the card and bag? I thought we would keep it simple and the card reads ‘Thank You for Helping Me Shine’, which I think sums up Emma’s nursery beginnings perfectly. She’s always been a sensitive girl and the nursery staff have completely embraced her for who she is and let her grow all by herself. For the bag, I thought one of my favourite quotes would be lovely:
“Where to Miss?”
“To The Stars…”
here’s how we got on
Viking gave us a gorgeous goodie bag and asked us to get creative so off we went to make our card and bag. As Emma is still young, I did most of the lettering and she decorated with some colouring and we signed her name on the card together. If there’s one thing I know, she always wants to be a big girl so helping me create these completely made her day!
I used the fabric pen and Sharpie pens with the stencil to create the lettering on both the card and the bag, and Emma used felt tip pens to decorate the card inside. I love the simplistic design we chose and think they came out very well. It was also so much fun to do some crafting together as we hadn’t done much before.
After we had finished, we gathered up our presents to take to Emma’s nursery and the girls were blown away with the personal touch we had given! I’ve never really made a gift before so it will definitely be something I return to in the future and perhaps for Christmas too.
International Literacy is on Friday 8th September – make sure you celebrate it too!
Viking gifted me the items we used for this post but all opinions and words are my own