As excitement mounts for the queen's Diamond Jubilee this weekend, your little ones are probably just too young to understand the significance of what is going on, but they certainly aren't too young to join in the fun. Here are some fun ideas to explore royalty and help them learn who the queen is:-
- Coin Rubbing: Take a selection of coins and tape them to an A4 piece of card. Place a sheet of paper over the top and rub over them with chalk or a thick wax crayon, watch as the queen appears in front of you.
- Queen for a Day: Have one of your children act as queen for the day, see what they imagine the queen gets up to in a normal day!
- Flagging: Draw out the lines for the union flag and have your little ones colour them in. Stick them onto straws to make a flag they can wave, or attach a number of them to a piece of string to make some royal bunting.
- Royal Tea Party: Discuss what food and drink the queen might enjoy at a royal tea party and then hold a tea party with all the foods they talk about. Don't be too concerned, their ideas are probably less caviar and Champagne than jam tarts and sausage rolls!
- Create a Stamp: Look at some real stamps and show how the queen is always portrayed. Cut zig-zag lines around an A4 sheet of paper and have your little one design their own stamp; have them use lots of royal imagery such including the queen, a castle, a royal carriage and anything else that a queen might have.