Thank you for joining the
2015 Chatterbox Challenge

I CAN’s annual, educational fundraiser for 0-5 year olds is now in its 14th year! The theme for 2015 is ‘Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly’. Children will have fantastic fun learning songs around the theme before singing them together in an inclusive sing-along. As well as developing their own communication skills they'll be raising funds to help children across the UK who are struggling to communicate.

You can take part as a nursery, pre-school, playgroup, primary school, childminder, or in any other Early Years setting. Chatterbox Challenge Week is February 9th - 15th but you can hold your event at any time.

Plus you could win up to £2,000 to spend on educational supplies from TTS and a visit from Ben & Holly!*
Register now for your FREE fundraising pack.

*Please see competition details here

If you are a parent and would like to get involved in the
Chatterbox Challenge, find more information and activities here


What does it involve?

The theme for 2015 is Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly! Children will have fantastic fun learning songs around the theme and singing them together in an inclusive sing-along. As well as developing their own communication skills they'll be raising funds to help children across the UK who are struggling to communicate.

The Challenge provides a fun and varied way to meet the EYFS framework, with additional classroom activities provided for each rhyme. So why not...

Register now for your FREE fundraising pack.

Sally Cherk, Special Education Needs Coordinator at Dolphin Pre-school and Nursery said:
"The Chatterbox Challenge was a great success and something we will certainly do again. The children absolutely loved the different activities and songs they learnt. I CAN is such a great charity and we were truly amazed that the children raised £867. To win first prize was the icing on the cake. We used some of the prize vouchers on some great outdoors equipment for the children to explore and learn with.”

Kimberley Reynolds, Class Teacher at Cottingham Primary School said:
“We loved taking part in Chatterbox Challenge 2014. We held an assembly and invited family and friends to support us sing the nursery rhymes and performed our own actions. We are definitely going to take part in the challenge next year and hopefully raise more money for such a deserving charity.”


The Chatterbox Challenge is a fun event with a serious aim - to raise the vital funds needed by I CAN, the children's communication charity. We strive to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.

What is it like to have a communication difficulty? Watch I CAN's film.

Your Donations

1 in 10 children in the UK, that's two or three in every classroom and more than one million across the country – are struggling with their speech and language. These children are at risk of becoming withdrawn and isolated. Your donations allow us to help parents, carers and people working with children understand the importance of children's communication, how to spot when a child is having difficulties communicating and provide information and training on communication development.

Joe’s Story

Four year old Joe had no speech, made no eye contact and didn’t engage with others. At a doctor’s appointment he was referred to an
I CAN Early Years Centre. The staff at the Centre supported Joe’s speech and language and provided Joe’s mum with the skills to help Joe’s communication at home. A few weeks on Joe arrived at the Centre and made eye contact with his Speech and Language Advisor. When she said "Hello Joe" and smiled at him, he responded “Hello” back. This was the first word the staff had heard Joe speak which was very emotional. Joe starts school in September and although he still has a lot of catching up to do in his language and communication skills, he is now moving forward thanks to the I CAN Early Years Centre and
I CAN resources. To find out more about our work and the early years resources we offer, please visit


Send in your fundraising by 31st March 2015 and we'll enter you into one or both of our prize draws and you'll be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!


As soon as we receive your fundraising we'll enter you into one or both of our prize draws and you'll be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

Silver Shooting Star Prize Draw

Everyone that sends in a donation will be entered to win:

  • £500 to spend on educational supplies at TTS plus a visit from Ben & Holly
  • One of two £500 vouchers to spend on educational supplies at TTS.
  • One of 50 Ben & Holly Little Kingdom Goody Bags
Magical Gold Prize Draw

If you go that extra mile and raise £150 you’ll also be entered into our Magical Gold Prize Draw

  • £2,000 to spend on educational supplies at TTS plus a visit from Ben & Holly
  • £1,000 to spend on educational supplies at TTS.
  • £500 to spend on educational supplies at TTS.

See TTS products at Visit Ben & Holly at

No negotiation regarding giveaway options will be entered into. Maximum of one prize per entrant; winner names will be removed from remaining draws. I CAN reserves the right to substitute prizes for one of an equal value. No cash alternative will be offered. TTS prizes must be redeemed within one year of the prize draw date. All entries must be received by 31 March 2015. The prize draws will be held 5 May 2015. The prize draws are open to all UK residents excluding employees of I CAN, Entertainment One, Openreach, and TTS. All aplicants must be 16 years old or over. Entries are restricted to one per nursery, school, group or household. By entering either of the prize draws, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules of the draws. No responsibility is accepted for entries that are delayed or lost. It is a condition of entry that prize winners agree to participate in publicity.


Lets get planning!

    Here you’ll find everything you need to get planning.

    Just download each item and print as many as you need. If you would like to order more stickers or posters, just call 0207 843 2525 or email

FREE Additional Resources for your Chatterbox Challenge event

Boogie Mites have provided Music Activity Packs to help you make the most of your music in your Chatterbox Challenge event. Download your Music Activity Pack here

Tots on Tour have provided some additional songs here and top tips for singing together here.

Talking Tots have put together an early storytelling game that you can use in your Chatterbox Challenge plus some other great activities. Download the FREE resources here

The Communication Trust our sister charity, have provided a fantastic activity, Going on a Bear Hunt, that can be used for your Chatterbox Challenge.


Watch to see a Chatterbox Challenge in action!...

Do you work in an early years setting? If so, have you taken part in I CANs Chatterbox Challenge before? If not, then watch our new video from South Acton Childrens Centre and learn why you should take part. Register for the Chatterbox Challenge: And visit I CANs website to find additional activities for parents to do with ... Read more

Chatterbox Challenge 2015 Competition get invo...

I CAN are running a Chatterbox Challenge 2015 competition! We want everyone involved with Chatterbox Challenge to share photos and videos of their Chatterbox Challenge preparations and practise performances for a chance to win a bundle of Ben & Hollys Little Kingdom prizes. Take a look at the photos in the gallery below for inspiration and don’t forget to check ... Read more

Boogie Mites supporting Chatterbox Challenge 2015!...

We are delighted to announce that Boogie Mites will be continuing their support for Chatterbox Challenge 2015. Take a look at their guest blog below! Hooray it’s time for Chatterbox Challenge again – our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the issue of children’s communication and introduce some fun tools that you can use to boost children’s speech and language ... Read more

Talking Tots supporting Chatterbox Challenge 2015!...

We are delighted to announce that Talking Tots will be continuing their support for Chatterbox Challenge 2015. The following guest blog looks forward to this years Challenge and reflects back on the fantastic, fun Talking Tots activities during Chatterbox Challenge 2014. To find out more about Talking Tots, visit their website. Talking Tots, the UKs leading programme for developing childrens ... Read more

Launching Chatterbox Challenge 2015: Garden Advent...

Today, we are delighted to launch Chatterbox Challenge 2015: Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly. Now in its 14th year, Chatterbox Challenge is the annual early years sing-along event that takes place across the UK for children under 5. Chatterbox Challenge Week will be taking place 9-15th February 2015 but groups can take part in the Challenge at any time ... Read more

More chatter...

Who are Ben & Holly?

If you've not met Ben & Holly before, come and say hello. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom follows the adventures of Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Along with their friends, Ben and Holly have lots of magical fun and exciting adventures playing together in the Little Kingdom.

Take a look at one of Ben & Holly’s garden adventures.

Visit Ben & Holly's website

Ben & Holly Little Kingdom Prizes to be won!

Entertainment One and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom have very kindly donated prizes for the Challenge. Everyone who sends in their money raised by 31 March 2015 will be entered into one or both of our prize draws.

See Win for full details.

© Astley Baker Davies Ltd/Entertainment One UK Ltd 2008.


Thanks to our fantastic sponsors for making the Chatterbox Challenge possible.


Openreach maintains and improves the network that connects tens of millions of homes and businesses to their Service Providers across the UK.

We’re also the lead deployment arm of BT's £2.5 billion investment to make the Superfast Fibre Access available to customers across the UK. Which in turn means that around 20 million UK premises can enjoy superfast broadband services now, with our ambition to reach 90% by 2015.

With communication at the heart of its business, Openreach is passionate about I CAN's work, and recognises how critical good communication skills are to every young child as they embark on life's journey.

Say hello to Openreach Ollie


TTS are proud to be supporting the Chatterbox Challenge for the second year running. We share the same values as
I CAN in that we want to make sure all children have the best opportunities in life and provide support for learning and development. For 30 YEARS we have been working with specialists, advisors, teachers and practitioners to develop educational resources to support children in the UK and around the world.

Our number one priority is children, and in everything we do we consider their development, safety and educational opportunities. We take the time to talk to teachers and practitioners ensuring that our goals are aligned, resulting in exceptional resources to support children of all ages of development, from birth to 18 years old.

Ben & Holly

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, from the hit Nick Jr TV show and Milkshake Show on Channel 5 is supporting the Challenge for the first time this year. Entertainment One and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom have very kindly donated prizes for the Chatterbox Challenge and allowed us to feature Ben & Holly on our Chatterbox Challenge website and materials.

Facebook OfficialLittleKingdomUK

Twitter thenannyplum

Youtube The Official Ben&Holly


I CAN would like to say a huge thank you to their Chatterbox Challenge Partner Groups for their ongoing involvement and support.

Boogie Mites

Would you like to discover a range of exciting music resources specifically created to promote communication and learning across the EYFS? Scientific research over the last 20 years has highlighted the crucial role that active music making plays in creating a sensory rich environment that optimises children's development whatever their age or stage. By accessing Boogie Mites research based music resources you can transform children's speech and language development by harnessing the power of music making in your setting or home: no previous music training required!

To learn more about the science that demonstrates the importance of music in promoting communication skills download our Guide to Active Music Making or Visit Boogie Mites for more information. Once signed up to the CBC 2015 you can download free Boogie Mites Garden themed songs, videos and notes to add original, upbeat, active music making the session here.


At Debutots we believe that imaginations and words will take you everywhere and there’s no better way to travel than on the crest of a fun filled story!

Our unique sessions take children from the age of 6 months to 7 years on unforgettable adventures through original stories: exploring words and sounds and how we can use our bodies and voices expressively.

Promoting skilful communication, fostering cognitive development and growing a child’s positive sense of themselves and others, our classes are also expertly mapped to the EYFS and KSI curricula.

Visit Debutots

La Jolie Ronde

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children teaches tens of thousands of children throughout the UK and overseas to build their confidence and enthusiasm for both the French and Spanish language. Founded in 1983, La Jolie Ronde has become the market leader and is celebrating 30 years specialising in early years and primary language learning.

Visit La Jolie Ronde

Talking Tots

Talking Tots is the UK’s original and favourite provider of fun interactive classes that gently boost preschool children’s communication and social skills.

Our friendly and exciting classes can help all children develop some of life’s most important skills:

  • Concentration and attention, making learning easier
  • Self-esteem and social confidence, vital for making new friends
  • Pre-literacy skills, helping pave the way for reading and writing
  • Communication skills, helping little ones express themselves
  • Sharing and taking turns, helping everyone get along better!

Visit Talking Tots

Tots on Tour

Tots on Tour was established in 2002. Established as a training organisation, it works with both families and professionals to enhance ALL children's early communication and language skills. The "Growing Talk" Family Programme is designed to Engage, Enable, and Enhance Confident Communicators, providing families with ideas and activities to share and enjoy together throughout their week and is used extensively within Children’s Centres across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. "Growing Talk" training is also provided for early years practitioners and settings, in addition to the extensive range of bespoke training and workshops available.

Visit Tots on Tour


Twinkl Resources is your first choice for easy to use, trusted and high quality teaching materials for educators and parents worldwide - professionally crafted materials with a personal touch.

Visit Twinkl


PACEY is the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years; a standard-setting organisation promoting best practice and supporting childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning. Since 1977 PACEY have provided high quality support to members and have worked with government, local authorities and others to raise standards. Together with their members - childminders, nannies and nursery workers - PACEY are working to become the professional association for everyone in childcare and early years and ensure members are recognised for the vital role they play in helping children get the best start in life.


This is where you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most. It’s the best place to start if there’s something you’re not sure about. If there’s anything else you need to know, then just get in touch!

What is I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge?

I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge is an annual fundraising activity for nurseries, children’s groups and childminders. Children aged 0‐5 have fantastic fun and develop their communication skills by singing songs and rhymes to raise money for children who struggle with their speech and language. All the fun and educational activities are provided in the FREE fundraising pack, which you will receive when you register.

Who is it for?

The Chatterbox Challenge is aimed at children aged 0‐5, with thousands of nurseries, playgroups and childminding groups taking part every year.

What is the theme for 2015?

The theme for Chatterbox Challenge 2015, 'Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly,’ is about getting young children chattering about what they see, hear and feel in the garden. With listening and attention being the foundation skills for good communication and language development, young children's learning will benefit from this fun way of looking at what lies in the garden.

When does it take place?

Most people will be holding their event in Chatterbox Challenge Week, Monday 9th - Sunday 15th February, but you can hold yours at any time that suits you.

How do I go about taking part?

All you need to do is register for a FREE fundraising pack, which will give you everything you need to run a fun and successful Chatterbox Challenge, including:
  • Activity guide packed with rhymes, activities, planning guide and fundraising tips
  • Certificate template and stickers to reward your little chatterboxes
  • Sponsorship form and letter to parents
  • Press release template for coverage of your event in local media
  • Promotional poster and donation collection box

Can I order more stickers and posters?

We’d be delighted to send you more stickers, posters or collection boxes. Just call the Chatterbox Challenge hotline on 0207 843 2525 or email

How can we raise money from our Chatterbox Challenge?

Children taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge can use the sponsorship forms to gather donations for their challenge. Parents can also raise sponsorship on their child’s behalf by setting up a fundraising page online through My Donate and sending the link to family and friends. For additional fundraising ideas and tips order your FREE fundraising pack.

I’ve lost my unique bank giro slip

You can make payment online here or alternatively call 0207 843 2525 or email to request a new slip.

Will we get a letter acknowledging our donation?

Yes, you will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging all of your fantastic fundraising efforts. Just make sure that when you register you put in your nursery/school/group/organisation’s name so that we can include this on the certificate.


Paying Your Money In
Please send us your funds raised in one of the
following ways:

Post us a cheque payable to ‘I CAN Charity’. Use the Freepost
envelope provided in your event pack or address it to:

The Boulevard,
Orbital Park,
TN24 0GA

At The Co-operative Bank
Complete the Paying in Slip attached to your welcome letter and
visit your nearest Co-operative Bank. It is important that you ask the bank teller to state your I CAN reference number on your paying-in skip so we are able to track your donation and send you your Thank You certificate.

Online payment link coming soon!

Thank you!

Enquiries and Additional Resources: 020 7843 2525
I CAN Website

The Boulevard
TN24 0GA

© Astley Baker Davies Ltd/Entertainment One UK Ltd 2008 I CAN, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE.
Registered Charity in England & Wales (210031) and Scotland (SC039947)