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Early Years Calendar: Jeans for Genes 2021

Monday 13th to Sun 19th September

“Jeans for Genes” is nationally recognised by most schools and nurseries. Every year since 1992 academies across the country have participated to raise awareness and money for those with genetic disorders.

As quoted on their website, the campaign aims to:

  • “bring together the genetic disorder community in order to make a loud noise about the issues that matter to them
  • shine a light on the organisations that work tirelessly to improve the lives of affected individuals
  • celebrate the achievements of those living with a genetic disorder.”

Money raised from the Jeans for Genes campaign has been instrumental in the development of gene therapy at the UCL and the Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. There are many different ways for children to take part in celebrating this inspiring cause.

Photographer: lan deng | Source: Unsplash

Here are That Nursery Life’s top suggestions:

Wearing Jeans

An easy way for entire settings to get involved. All children and staff come into nursery on a chosen day, or for the whole week, wearing jeans (children can wear any denim items such as shorts, dungarees, tops and skirts). A small donation can be made by those taking part to help raise money for the campaign.

Decorate Jeans

Practitioners can bring in a pair of unwanted or cheap jeans for the children to decorate. Lay the jeans out on a table surrounded by art and craft items like sequins, paint, glitter (if permitted), feathers, and stickers. Encourage the children to get creative, jazzing up the jeans however they see fit.

Photographer: Sharon McCutcheon | Source: Unsplash

Bake Sale

Another easy way to participate is to host a bake sale to raise money for the cause. Bake cakes with the children, also inviting families to bring in their own homemade cakes. Blue cupcakes and gingerbread men wearing jeans are some fun suggestions. The cakes can be bought by children and their families with the donations going to Jeans for Genes.

What are Genes?

Have a simple discussion with the children about genes. Explain that we all have genes and that we get them from our parents. Ask about distinguishable features, such as hair and eye colours, inviting the children to recall if they have the same features as their parents. We highly recommend visiting the Jeans for Genes website to access their presentations suitable for young children. They demonstrate how much can be achieved and who can be helped by taking part.

Pocket Sorting

Use the pockets of discarded or unwanted jeans, collecting 5-6 in total. Assign each pocket to a colour. Place a coloured sticker or piece of paper on each on to show the children which colour is being represented. Encourage the children to sort small, coloured items into the pockets, such as cut up card, Lego, or coloured maths resources like counters or link-cubes.

Photo sourced from Preschooltoolkit.com

For more information visit Jeans for Genes Week