Make a sensory tub filled with colours related to the Union Jack flag to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee!
I just couldn’t resist making this sensory tub with nit one but two great British events coming up soon in 2012! On June 4th we celebrate as a nation because our Queen has been on the throne for 60 years- a Diamond Jubilee! And soon it will be the Olympics being hosted in London and we will be waving the flag for our UK contestants. What a fun year to learn all about our own country!
To make this box I dyed some cheap rice using red and blue food colouring. I kept some rice plain to represent the white and then arranged the colours in stripes in one of our sensory tub boxes.
I managed to find all of the fun Union Jack items in the supermarket, including flag bunting, paper straws, flag hair clips and gorgeous sparkly crown napkin rings!
We already had some sequins and pom poms and added each of those to the corresponding colour segment.
With a couple of Union Jack paper cups for scooping and pouring, as well as paper plates to pour onto, they were ready to go!
It was a great opportunity to talk to Cakie about our flag and what it means for countries to have them. They dug around for treasures and Pop started to fill one plate with red rice and items and the other with blue rice and matching items. Great for colour recognition and sorting!
Ta da! (with some feathers added too!)
I love how she mixed the coloured rice in this jam jar- so pretty to see it layered up!
And after an afternoon of play this is what it looked like!
- knowledge & understanding of the world: flags, the Union Jack, our own country, Queens and Kings, crowns, Jubilee etc
- physical development: explore materials using all the senses, pouring/scooping/tipping using cups and spoons
- creativity: use materials in imaginative play, recognise name and match colours