A couple of weeks ago I noticed that our local Waitrose were supporting the Henhayes Fete to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday as one of their green token Community Matters boxes. Of course, us Brits love a good royal celebration with the marriage of William and Kate, the birth of their two children and the Queens Golden Jubilee all in recent years.
When iChild shared some of their celebratory resources with us in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th, I could not resist asking over one of Grace’s friends so that they could both come up with their own take on the pack we were sent. iChild provide free educational resources for parents, teachers and carers for children aged between 0 to 11 years old. Their educational consultants create lesson plans, printable activities, crafts and more with a child-centric approach to learning. And it shows in what we were sent.
Included in our pack of crafts were:
Queen’s 90th Birthday Party Bunting
Queen Elizabeth Acrostic Poem
Kodak Queen’s 90th Birthday Cake Flags
British Union (Union Jack) Lantern
Union Flag Party Hat
Red, White and Blue hundreds and thousands
Queens 90th Cake Toppers
Red, White and Blue Cupcake cases
Grace and I started off by colouring in some of the pictures as well as the bunting flags. I particularly loved the Rock On! Corgi colouring which Grace did.
The following day, Grace invited her friend, Lucy, over after school and together they made the Birthday Cake Flags using glue and some small skewers from my kitchen drawer. Next, they made their own lantern – something I remembered doing as a child but Grace and Lucy had never seen before. Finally, they both wrote a beautiful acrostic poem and tried really hard to make sure it was how they saw Queen Elizabeth – I thought that both of their attempts were fabulous.
Because they were both keen to go and play out in the garden – and take their new lanterns along with them – I made the cakes ready for them to decorate once they had finished their tea. So, once they had finished their chicken and chips (a pre-celebratory meal for the Queens Birthday!), the girls armed themselves with some buttercream icing, the hundreds and thousands, cake toppers and flags and set to work to complete their creations.
The girls had a wonderful time getting ready for the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations in a couple of weeks and, because we have plenty of cupcake cases left, I can see more cake making and decorating on the horizon!
You can find many of the resources we received in our pack over on the iChild website and, you could also be in with a chance of winning the party pack we received along with Steve Anthony’s new book ‘The Queens Handbag’ together with a Kings and Queens Sticker Book. All you need to do to enter is have your children design the Queen’s Birthday cake and upload a picture of the creation to the iChild Facebook page – competition closes on 31st May at 12pm.
Thanks to iChild who sent us the craft resources in return for this post