Tips for celebrating VE day with a toddler

Just because we can't leave the house doesn't mean that we can't commemorate and celebrate VE day from home.  There are lots of events taking place tomorrow so that we can do just that!

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11am -  A two minutes’ silence will be held at 11am and the Queen will later send a message to the nation, while the Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945.

3pm - Winston Churchill’s victory speech will be broadcast at 3pm as part of a series of BBC special programmes.

9pm - We'll Meet Again Singalong on the BBC.  It might be a bit late for the little ones but you can find the lyrics here to take part.

Have a 1940's style tea party Get your toddler to colour in some bunting, they could help you make some scones and you can do this in the comfort of your own kitchen or picnic in the garden. 

Play wartime records and dance with your children.  Amazon Prime have a great selection or the National Archive will offer free downloads.

Learn the Lindy Hop!  You and your partner could put on a show! Or if you have an older toddler who loves to dance, they might like to learn it with you, they'll probably pick up the 'Swing Out' step pretty quickly.

Design a party hat!  This is another one for the whole family, you could even have a competition for who has the best one!  You can find instructions here (you'll need balloons, PVA, newspaper and anything you can find to decorate!)

Create a VE Day Wreath for your front door.  For small children you can cut out the circle and give them some Red and Blue paint and let them get creative.

Party Games!

Air Raid Statues. Like Musical statues but instead of pausing the music play air raid sounds instead. Use Air Raid sounds on YouTube and gets the kids to dance around, freezing when the air raid plays
Pass the parcel – have the parcel wrapped in newspaper or parcel paper for an authentic take
The Soldier Says… a VE Day themed take on Simon says!
Play some traditional games like tin can alley or marbles!

 

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