Celebrations fit for a King!
In the week leading up to the King’s Coronation, we have enjoyed a multitude of activities, discussions and explorations in order to help our children understand and enjoy a huge part of our history. Of course, here at Footsteps, we have our own unique way of bringing important national, cultural and religious celebrations to life in the most accessible and fun way possible. The King’s Coronation was no exception and for this creativity we must tip our crowns in thanks to our amazing teams!
We looked at the British flag and explored the colours – using these as a base for lots of colourful activities. We made the pattern in shaving foam and used red, white and blue to paint with cars. We enjoyed lots of themed messy play with lots of different sensory materials. We made Union Jack flags and special cards for King Charles. We went on a lovely walk to post them to Buckingham Palace in the post box.
We read stories all about Kings and Queens. We learnt about golden carriages and royal horses that we would see on Coronation day and all about the types of palaces and castles the Royal family live in. We did lots of role play including having a cup of tea and biscuit because “that is what you do when you are Royal.” We had some special Coronation photographs taken and even some special commemorative chocolates for children to take home.
We made crowns from loose parts, lots of sequins, pom poms, glitter, paint and also natural resources to make some nature crowns at Forest School too. We even made some Royal figures of King Charles and Queen Camilla to sit at our party tables! Our friends at “Debutots” came in to help our learning and share a very special Coronation story with us. We saw some great memory and acting skills and when we re-enacted the story together.
On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th May we saw lots of amazing and well attended coronation parties, picnics and afternoon teas! The variable weather couldn’t dampen our spirits. Many of our children donned their best red, white and blue clothes and we waved our flags with pride. There were streamers and decorations and balloons galore. We were so fortunate that many of our parents could come and join us in these celebrations and share a piece of cake with us! We played music, sang songs, showed parents how to enjoy messy play, played games and had so much fun doing lots of art and crafts that any Royal would be proud of!
We hope all of our families enjoyed their own celebrations as much as we enjoyed ours!