Bonfire Night is one of my favourite of the festivals of the year. We often had Fireworks at our in laws. Before the girls Speedy and I would always go and see fireworks somewhere or buy the biggest we could find to send up into the night sky.
Now we have moved there is no celebration of this very British event, who else celebrates buildings almost blowing up with more gunpowder! However I feel it is important that Meemoo and Pook know the Story. It is a key part of their native culture.
So how do you celebrate a very British event when not in Britain? When you live in a flat so fireworks are not advised?
Bonfire Night Food
Food is important, especially when you have childhood memories of eating steaming hot food while stood out in the freezing cold. Dinner will be traditional sausages, jacket potatoes and baked beans. I am tempted to eat it with all the doors open for that proper cold feeling!
Story of Guy Fawkes
I have yet to find a good book with the story, so I have just told them the story. Pook’s reaction was one of amazement and immediately asked to be told the story again. I hope that this repetition of hearing the story each year, like hearing stories about Christmas it will become part of the pattern of their year.
Play play play, always the best way to understand. It is a great opportunity to look at London City. We began by looking at a few quick images on Google and naming the buildings, talking about them. Then as I had boring grown up jobs to do (ironing) , Meemoo and Pook had the challenge of building a building from the images out of Duplo.
It prompted lots of discussion and amusement.
Bonfire Night craft
Sarah has been super creative again with 2 amazing Bonfire crafts.
Treacle Play dough – what a wonderful sensory play to evoke the smell of Bonfire night.
Firework Sand Art – a new way to capture all the bright colours of the fireworks.
So how did you celebrate Bonfire Night?
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