Monthly Archives: April 2015
Check out our great Flipagram for creating a wonderful paper cup dragon and accompanying Knight to slay him!
- Read and simple story of St. Georges and then ask the children to re-enact it (Great for British Values!)
For more info and activities for St George's Day click here.
Amazing facts about St. George:
St. Georges Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April
This is thought to be the anniversary of his death
This is also the anniversary of Shakespeare's death …and his birth
St. George replaced St Edmund the Martyr as England's patron Saint in the 14th century
St. George is also the patron Saint of the Scouting Movement.
The national flower of England is the red Rose
The legend of St. George is a Knight who killed a dragon and saved a princess!
The real St. George was a Roman soldier who protested against Christian persecution
The George Cross medal is derived from the St. George’s coat of arms and is awarded for bravery.
Coat of Arms Activity
The St Georges Cross image is thought to be derived from St. George’s Coat of Arms. Coats of Arms showed which noble family a knight was from.
Download our FREE blank coat of arms template and ask children to design their own Coat of Arms – use crayons, paints, or collage materials. Stick on jewels would look great!
St. George's Flag Activity
The large red Cross on a white background is the basis of the St. Georges Flag.
Get each child to decorate a flag (FREE St. Georges Cross template), then work together to find a way to display them in rows. Whilst decorating the flags discuss the shapes that make up the pattern and other shapes flags can be.
You can decorate the flag using paint, pens etc or add creativity and use scrunched up red tissue paper, red glitter or collage pieces.
A childhood staple is a big inviting sandpit.
Whether a large purpose built sandpit or a plastic indoors sand tray - you will find sand in all learning environments. Play pit sand is one of our most popular products and we wanted to offer ideas on how else you can use this wonderful medium - sometimes just for fun and other times to support the learning areas.
The brilliant thing about sand is there is no right way to use it! Children will always be drawn to sand and it invites itself to be played. As well as being an amazing sensory medium it promotes interaction as children learn to work together as part of a small world game, or just because of the restricted space of sand pit.
Follow our blog as we add some fabulous projects for you to try in the next few updates.
Which sand for sandpits and playing with?
There is lots of sand about but you need to look for specific play pit sand for children.
Play pit sand is clean and soft, and non-staining. Don’t be tempted by builders sand and not only will this stain badly, it has not been cleaned for use with children.
All of the BCreative sand has been tested to BS EN 177.
If anyone ever gets bored of play sand you can also add coloured sand! (make you own or buy!)
Keeping your sandpit clean
With lots of children and equipment in and out of sand it is important to look after it.
When the sandpit is not in use cover it with a net, lid or even old blankets this will put off visiting animals using it as a toilet! Whichever you use some aeration is important to keep the sand fresh!
Regularly rake the sandpit – this lets you identify lost toys or other items that have been buried by excited children.
Treat the sandpit with a disinfectant at least once a month – use Milton – dilute a capful into 5 litres of water and sprinkle over the sandpit with a watering can. Use a fork to turn the sand after about 15 minutes and repeat until you have covered the sand. Once dry the sandpit can be used again.
How much sand do I need?
To calculate how the cubic volume of
your sand pit use the following formula
Width (m) x Length (m) x Desired Depth (m)
A 25kg bag of sand will cover about 0.25m2 to a depth of 0.5 cm approximately.
A 15kg bag of sand will cover about 0.2m2 to a depth of 0.5cm approximately