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On this day in 1415 St George's Day declared a national feast day

Happy St George's day 2019 !

In this post we are going to look at facts about St George and other English national symbols followed by other national symbols from Britain. Scroll down for templates and ideas for some fantastic St George's day makes & creations!


St. George's Day Fact File

  • St. Georges Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April every year.
  • St. George replaced St Edmund the Martyr as England's patron Saint in the 14th century.
  • 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.
  • St. George is also the patron Saint of the Scouting Movement.
  • The 23rd of April is thought to be the anniversary of St George's death
  • This is also the anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and his birth!
  • The George Cross medal is derived from the St. George’s coat of arms and is awarded for bravery.
The George Cross Medal

English National Symbols

  • The three national symbols of England are the St. George's cross (usually seen as a flag), the red rose and the Three Lions crest (usually seen as a badge).
  • The red rose is the national flower of England and has been adopted as England's emblem since the time of the Wars of the Roses.
  • The lions crest It traditionally symbolises courage,nobility, royalty, strengthstateliness and valour.


You can find other symbols of England here

Other National Celebration Days

St Patrick's day - One of the Patron Saints of Ireland

St David's Day - The Patron Saint of Wales


Let's Get St George's Day Crafting!

Choose from one of these crafty activities or try them all!

Design your very own Coat of Arms

Decorate a flag using the St George's Cross template

Make a Tissue Paper Rose

Create a puppet Paper Lion

1. Design your very own Coat of Arms

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.

Design your own Coat of Arms – use crayons, paints, or collage materials. Stick on jewels would also look great!


2Decorate a flag using the St George's Cross template

The large red Cross on a white background is the basis of the St. Georges Flag.

Decorate a flag (find a 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.


3Make a Tissue Paper Rose

Paint your wooden stick green, and allow it to dry.

Cut tissue paper into rectangles roughly 11cm x 4cm.

Wind the tissue paper strips around the stick and pinch into place secure with glue or tape

When you reach the end of the strip, add the second strip by pinching it in place and continuing to wind.

When you reach the end of the second strip of tissue paper, pinch it all tight at the base of the rose, and secure the tissue paper to the chopstick stem with clear tape.

Use a little glue to secure the loose end of the tissue paper if need be.



4. Create a puppet Paper Lion

Use strips of yellow paper or thin card to make paper loops, stick the loops down to the back of a cut out yellow circle (the lions face) and eyes use a straw or wooden sticks and attach the lions mane to the stick or straw with tape. View a video here: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-lion-craft/

Shopping List

All the items you will need for the makes!

Red Tissue Paper

Red Glitter

Collage Paper

Stick on Jewels

Ready Mix Paint

Thin Yellow Card

Glue Stick

Wooden Sticks

Have fun!

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