I mentioned when I set my intentions for May that I wanted to up my game a little bit with the activities that I provided for the girls, especially Mabel. She’s 4 now and apparently no longer going to preschool, so I want to provide her with some of the same kind of activities that she might get to do there. I’m an ex nursery nurse, so I know what kind of things we could be doing, but sadly I am not a whole nursery on my own, so I’m always looking for quick and easy solutions for the times when I want to offer a bit more of a structured activity. I am passionate about encouraging natural exploration in children and am a big believer in learning through play, the girls spend a lot of their time at home in free play, amusing themselves with whatever they fancy. However I also appreciate the value of a good worksheet, guided craft activity or adult led game here and there and I am a fan of a theme if it’s something that captures their little imaginations and inspires all of us to explore something different. And so I was thrilled when iChild.co.uk got in touch and offered to send us a pack of resources to help us celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday!
iChild sent us a brilliant pack, full of easy crafts that let Mabel practice her scissor skills and encouraged both of them to get artistic with colouring in and collaging. It was great to have a host of activities up my sleeve ready to go when they asked ‘what’s next Mama?’ without having to think too much about what we could do. There was bunting to be made, crowns to be decorated, party hats, flags and union jack lanterns, counting, matching and pencil control worksheets amongst other things, plenty to keep us occupied!
We were also sent a lovely cupcake decorating kit, themed in red, white and blue of course, so we set to work making cupcakes fit for a Queen. Greta was super excited to get to the decorating part and kept asking me ‘Where’s the sprinkles Mama?’ because she was desperate to put them on. It was a messy affair, as cooking with kids always is, and I’m not sure that Mary Berry would have been too impressed with our efforts, but the girls had a lot of fun.
While we were waiting for our cakes to cook and cool, Greta had a break to watch a bit of TV and Mabel got stuck into the iChild worksheets. She wizzed through them all and really enjoyed doing them. I was particularly surprised at how much her pencil control had come on, considering that we do nothing specifically to develop it, I was actually quite shocked and so proud when she wrote ‘Queen’ on the bottom line of the writing worksheet, all by herself like it wasn’t even a thing…
Without a doubt, the girls’ favourite part of the celebrations was when they got to wear their crowns and and eat their cakes at the ‘Queen’s birthday tea party’ I set up for them. I gave them water in a teapot and real china cups and saucers, and they loved the role play element that it brought to the days activities. They were Princess Mabel and Princess Greta, I was Queen Mummy and Ernie was the Royal Baby apparently! They were absolutely in their element.
Mabel was really impressed with the Queen reaching the grand old age of 90, and so we talked about how many years older that is than her, than Greta, than Mummy and Daddy. To help her understand a bit more, a few days later we counted 90 pennies out of the penny jar to see what a big number it was. Then I thought we’d try a bit of coin rubbing to make pictures of the Queen’s head. It turns out it’s quite tricky to do, but we had a good go anyway and made some pretty coloured circles on the paper at least!
We had a rare few minutes with both Greta and Ernie asleep, so I decided to make the most of it and we did a couple of simple sums with the coins too. After a few sums, Mabel decided to draw a map and dragged me in the garden to search for golden eggs, such is her imagination.
I love how a simple theme of celebrating the Queen’s Birthday can lead to so much fun and learning, and the iChild resources certainly made it easy for me to introduce the theme and we had a lot of fun using them.
If you would like to win your own party pack to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with your little ones, then head over to iChild’s facebook page before 31st May to enter their competition. And you can find all of their Queen themed activities which are free to print yourself here.
I made a little video out of the few snippets I took on the day that we made our cakes and had The Queen’s birthday tea party. Have a watch if you want to see a bit more of what we did with the iChild resources (and Greta getting in a sticky mess!).
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