St. George’s Day

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St.George's Day is on the 23rd April. It is England's National Day. St. George is the patron saint of England. England's flag is a red cross on a white background it is also part of the British flag. One of the best-known stories about Saint George is his fight with a dragon. St George is always seen as a knight carrying a shield with a red cross (or a banner with a red cross), generally sitting upon a horse and always killing a dragon.

Not only is it a great opportunity to celebrate our patron Saint it is a great opportunity for the children to discover things about England, dragons and knights.  The activities below are fun and easy to do.

St. George's Day Biscuits

100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

100g/3½oz caster sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

275g/10oz plain flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

Decorations: Icing Sugar, Water and red food colouring or red ready made icing/fondant

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until mixed well.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract a little at a time, until well combined.
  4. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
  6. Using a circle biscuit cutter cut out circles. Alternatively hand shape the biscuits in to circles and pat down.
  7. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  8. Once cool, mix up some icing sugar and water til it makes a smooth paste and spread over the biscuits.
  9. Either using red ready made icing/ fondant or make up some red icing sugar by adding red food colouring to the icing sugar paste, add a red cross on top of the white icing.

St. George's Day Cakes

250g butter or margarine

250g caster sugar

4 eggs

little milk if needed

250g Self Raising Flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C, 350°F, gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well combined. Fold the flour into the mixture.  The mixture should be of a dropping consistency, if not add a little milk.
  3. Divide the mixture between the cases and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Make up some icing sugar using water til it is a smooth paste and spread on top of the cakes.
  5. Add a red cross to the cakes using red icing sugar made up with water and red food colouring or ready made icing/fondant.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional- Develop a curiosity about things and processes and take pleasure in learning new skills.
  • Communication, Language and Literacy- responding to simple requests.
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy- Develop shape names, counting, space and size.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the world- Show curiosity about why and how things happen.
  • Physical- Use tools and materials for particular purposes.
  • Creative- Respond to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel.

St. George's Day Shield

 

Why not make your child their very own St. George's Shield like a real knight.

Take a piece of white card and cut out the shield shape like in the photo.

Younger children- Draw on the shield the cross in black pen and ask them to paint the cross red, collage and stick on red pieces of paper, or colour in using red crayons. Another option is to cut out two strips of red paper and ask them to make a cross shape by sticking the strips on to the shield.

Older children- show them an example of a red cross and ask them to paint on the two lines to make the cross.

  • Communication, Language and Literacy- Show some control in their use of tools and equipment.
  • Problem solving, reasoning and Numeracy- Developing spacial awareness and shape names.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the world- Designing and making skills.
  • Physical- Using equipment and materials
  • Creative- Being creative- Responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas and exploring media and materials.

Pin the Tail on the Dragon- If you are good at drawing take a large piece of paper or old wall paper and draw out a giant dragon and draw out a separate tail and cut them out. Stick the dragon on the wall. Add a piece of bluetack on to the back of the tail. Blind fold the child and ask them to put the tail of dragon where they think it should go.

Physical- Developing spacial awareness, controlling their bodies and making intended movements.

 

St. George's Day Flag

Take a piece of white rectangular paper and similar to the shield activity, add a red cross- collage it using red pieces of paper, finger print on red paint, paint on a red cross, add two strips of red paper and glue on or colour in using crayons, whatever suits your child's abilities the best.

  • Communication, Language and Literacy- Show some control in their use of tools and equipment.
  • Problem solving, reasoning and Numeracy- Developing spacial awareness and shape names.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the world- Designing and making skills.
  • Physical- Using equipment and materials
  • Creative- Being creative- Responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas and exploring media and materials.

Make a Dragon

 

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This is the chinese dragon we made for chinese new year out of a cardboard Nappy box. To make it into a St. George's Dragon keep the shapes the same but use green paper and add fire using red yellow and orange paper coming out of the dragons mouth. My little one loved playing with the dragon and the nappy box had handles at the sides so she could easily hold on to the box.

St. George's Day Sword

 

 

Make your little knight a sword using cardboard and foil. Cut out a sword shape on to cardboard and cut it out. Cover the blade part of the sword in foil but leave the handle free and cellotape into place.

Dragon, shield and sword in role play- Encourage the children once the dragon, shield and sword have been made to act out George the knight and the dragon, the children will love dressing up as someone different and acting as a different character.

  • Personal, social and emotional- if playing with others- Making and building relationships.
  • Communication, Language and Literacy- Developing Language for Communication, Use action, language and respond to different things said to them.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the world- Explore, play and seek meaning in their experiences.
  • Physical- During play express themselves using movement and developing spacial awareness.
  • Creative- Being creative- Responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas and Developing imagination and imaginative play.

 

Tv programme on Cbeebies- Mike the Knight, great for showing the children a knight and dragons.

Make a Castle using bricks or Junk Modelling with different materials and glue- show the children picture of castles and encourage them to make their own castles.

 

 

 

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