Many crafts can help children learn about English history and practices. Topics that you can complement with crafts suitable for children at least 5 years old include Guy Fawkes Day, Buckingham Palace guards and Great Britain’s rich medieval history. Be prepared to spend at least 20 to 30 minutes on each craft, teaching the children about Britain as they work on their projects.
Guy Fawkes Mask
Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on the fifth of November. In England, the holiday is a big event that sees children dressing in Guy Fawkes masks and building bonfires. Show children how to make their own Guy Fawkes masks as you teach them about the holiday. You'll need a paper plate for the foundation of the mask, elastic to hold it in place, yarn for the beard and hair and black construction paper for a hat. Have the children draw a large grin on the paper plate and cut out eye holes. Next, they'll glue black or brown yarn to the plate for the hair and a beard. Lastly, they'll top off the mask with a hat they cut from the construction paper and glue over the hair.
Buckingham Palace Guard
Buckingham Palace is the seat of the monarchy in London. Children can make replicas of its guards from toilet paper tubes, glue and construction paper in red, black, yellow, cream and gray. Cut a rectangle on the black paper, sized to wrap around the bottom third of the toilet paper tube and glue it into place. This will make the guard's pants. Draw a rectangle on red paper sized to wrap around the toilet paper tube, just long enough to wrap around the very edge of the black paper.Glue the paper into place. Cut arms from the red paper and shoes from the black paper, then glue them to the cardboad tube. Add a belt cut from yellow construction paper. Draw a face on a piece of cream-colored paper, cut it out and glue it at the top end of the tube. Cut and glue a large, black oval hat with a flat bottom just overlapping the top of the face. Lastly, add a rifle cut from gray construction paper. Provide the kids with a picture of a Buckingham Palace guard to use as a model.
Castles feature prominently in British history and it's easy for kids of all ages to replicate them in paper. You'll need four toilet paper or paper towel tubes and two cereal boxes. The tubes are the castle’s towers and the boxes are the walls. Cut the cereal boxes into four rectangles, slightly shorter than the rolls. On each short side of the rectangles, about a 1/2 inch from the edge, cut a slit in the cardboard almost all the way to the bottom of the cardboard, leaving about 1/4 of an inch uncut. Apply glue inside the slits. Slide one paper roll inside 2 of the slits, arranging them so that the cardboard makes an "L" shape held together by the tube. Repeat this process for all of the rolls, completing a square. Draw “bricks” onto the cardboard or cover the castle with glued-on paper squares. You can also make turrets by cutting a row of square “teeth” into four pieces of paper and gluing one around each tower.
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