St. George is the patron saint of England and we celebrate St. George’s Day on the 23rd April. Although it is not a big event or a national holiday, on St. George’s Day many pubs and other buildings will fly the St. George’s Cross flag. St. George is most famous for the story in which he rescues the princess from the dragon. For childminders it is a great excuse to learn about some of England’s customs and traditions, and also to do activities involving knights, princesses and dragons!
Here are some ‘English’ activity ideas you could do on St. George’s Day:
- Learn how to sing the hymn Jerusalem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc9Ww3rmT7I
- Find an English oak tree in the wood
- Visit a real castle
- Learn about the royal family
- Play cricket or rounders
Here are some ideas of stereotypically ‘English’ foods you could eat on St. George’s Day:
- Shepherd’s pie
- Fish and chips
- Full English breakfast
- Victoria sponge
- Elderflower cordial
- Roast Beef and Yorkshire puddings
- English cheeses with pickles
- Eat some English puddings such as suet pudding, jam roly-poly, spotted dick, bread and butter pudding, sticky toffee pudding, apple pie, trifle, Eton mess
Products that can help you to explore St. George’s Day
Childminding Best Practice Club – themed packs
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. Each toolkit also has a monthly themed section with loads of ideas, crafts and activities based around a theme such as St George’s Day.
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