Updated 01/03/2023

Burn’s Night is celebrated on the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday: 25 January. Burns night suppers take place around the world and tend to be more widely observed in Scotland than the official national day: St. Andrew’s Day.

Learn some Scottish songs with children

Here are the words to two well-known Scottish songs. If you are unfamiliar with the tunes you can find lots of examples of the songs being sung on sites like YouTube. Why not listen to some with the children and have a go at learning some of the words?

Wild Mountain Thyme

O the summer time has come,
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
And wild mountain thyme,
Grows around the purple heather.
Will ye go, lassie, go?

And we’ll all go together,
To pull wild mountain thyme,
All around the purple heather.
Will ye go, lassie, go?

Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomon’.
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.

O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road,
An’ I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.

Products that can help you to explore Burns Night

Childminding Best Practice Club

The Childminding Best Practice Club is basically what it says it is. It is designed to encourage you to be the best childminder you can be, no matter what your starting point. Lots of the hard work is done for you as members receive a monthly toolkit bursting with resources and bite-sized ideas to help improve and reinforce your skills. 

When you join you will also receive a brand-new ‘New Member Welcome Pack’  You will also be entitled to a 25% membership discount off lots of other Kids To Go products helping you achieve best practice in every element of your work.

Diversity Awareness MEGA Pack

Our Diversity Pack Mega Pack is a collection of 20 mini printable packs with resources to help childminders teach 20 different diversity and British Values topics.

Each mini pack is designed to offer clear messages on 20 important diversity and British values themes for 2-5 year old children giving you all the tools you need to explore many ‘difficult’ topics at a level that is right for very young children. Altogether the Mega Pack contains 50 original art projects with templates plus over 100 suggested activities including printable activity sheets and cooking projects.

As well as crafts and activities with Scottish themes there is a guide on how to do Burns Night at lunchtime with a room full of pre-schoolers!