#TravelingThroughLearning – ENGLAND Unit!

We started studying ENGLAND for the month of April, and honestly we could have spent a lot more time than one month because England has such a rich and diverse history because it’s been around for so many years! My husband and I visited London back in 2012, as well as took a day-trip to Stonehenge – I’d love to go back and explore more of the UK.

England is the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles, and is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland and Wales. The capital, London, on the River Thames, is home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. It’s also a multicultural, modern hub for the arts and business. Other large cities are Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and the university centres of Oxford and Cambridge.

I love to see what other parents and caregivers do for their little ones; post on Instagram under #travelingthroughlearning and follow my feed, and I will feature my favorite activities at the end of the month. You can also share what you have done on this blog or PM me with England-themed activities that you have done/and or blogged about and I’ll include links to them in this post.

Geography:

  • Placemat & Flag of England – This full color printable shows some interesting stats of the country as well as some pictures of major landmarks. I like to put it in a plastic sheet protector and use it as a placemat for meals. It is excellent to promote learning at the dinner table. This also includes a English flag to post as part of your unit.
  • Map Outline & Major Cities of England – This outline map can be transferred to foam or felt and the city tags can be printed off and attached with map-pins, to help learn about the major cities.

Model of Landmark/Dwelling:

  • Big Ben Model & Clock Activity – Teach your little one to tell time in this fun activity by building a Big Ben Model out of a Milk Carton and using clothespin pinning cards to learn basic time positions 1-12:00.
  • Stonehenge Diorama – Use sand playdough to create a beautiful model of this famous landmark!

Mathematics:

  • Learn about the Pound Sterling – Great hands-on activity to describe the monetary differences of coin currency and how they differ from your own countries (in our case, the United States).

Life Cycle: 

  • Montessori-Inspired Robin Life Cycle, Parts & Early Lettering Study – this beautiful pack was made by my friend Vanessa over at Mama’s Happy Hive. She is in the process of moving, so hasn’t had the chance to upload it yet, but definitely check out her website for more amazing resources, activities and inspiration.

Montessori-Themed Indigenous Fauna Cards:

Worksheets:

  • Test your knowledge of famous landmarks in England with this fun worksheet.
  • Work on coloring skills with this fun coloring page of Stonehenge.

Sensory Play:

The Arts:

STEM Challenge:

  • Secret Messages Using Lemon Juice – Sherlock Holmes was a famous detective – pretend to send a top secret message using this magic ink and watch is appear before your eyes with just a few step.
  • English Tea Dying Activity – Tea is a major part of English culture, this activity allows little ones to experiment with what colors different teas make and create beautiful handkerchiefs in the process.

Practical Life Skills:

  • Hot Cross Buns – Legend attributes this bread to St. Albans Abbey in England where Brother Thomas Rodcliffe, a 14th Century monk, developed a similar recipe called “Alban Bun’ and distributed the bun to the local poor on Good Friday in the 1300s.
  • Crumpets – My mother grew up in Toronto, but her mother was English and this was integrated into her childhood. I didn’t understand the connection until I was older, but they are delicious, especially warm with butter melting in the middle.

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Sew a Tudor Rose – The Tudor Rose was emblem of the Tudor monarchy in England’s medieval history. Little ones can practice a basic whip stitch and learn about this beautiful emblem.
  • Tudor Rose Cootie Catcher – The Tudor Rose was actually a combination of the emblems of two other monarchies – the House of Lancaster and the House of York. This fun paper craft folds into a great depiction of both flowers and the combination. A great Segway a study of the “War of the Roses” which was a series of English civil wars between these two “Roses”.

Gross Motor Skills:

  • English Hoop & Stick – A popular children’s game in the late 18th century, which usually included a metal hoop and a stick to drive it. This activity uses a hula hoop, and promotes both gross motor skills and learns about his vintage toy/game.

Music:

  • Beatles – The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool, England in 1960. The band included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and go down in history as the foremost and most influential in history. 

Art Mannequin:

  • This month we attempted to make our art doll look like a Queen’s Guard, which stand outside of Buckingham Palace. I made the jacket out of red felt (I made the sleeves too short, oops!), and added white and black felt for detail. I finished it with white puffy paint for the buttons and gold painted lace for the belt buckle. The pants are black cotton with red embroidery thread down the side. The hat is black faux fur with a gold painted strap. The gun is a craft stick cut into a gun shape with a toothpick glued on the end with a small handle/cartridge glued on and painted black. He turned out pretty cute! My daughter called him “furry hat guy”

Influential Figures:

  • Audrey Hepburn – was a British actress, model, dancer, and humanitarian. She shot to stardom in 1953 after playing the lead role in Roman Holiday, where she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. In her later years she withdrew from Hollywood and devoted much of her time to UNICEF. She had contributed to the organization since 1954, then worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. Children can color this beautiful coloring page while learning about this saint.

Recommended Reading:

  • The Secrets of Stonehenge – Why was this amazing monument erected? How did our Stone-Age ancestors bring such massive stones to the site from so far away? How did they raise the enormous stones to their upright positions? What was Stonehenge used for, and who lived around the site? With captions and pictures, and using up-to-the-minute research discoveries, Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom tell the incredible true story of this awe-inspiring monument – one of the greatest ancient sites in the world.
  • The Queen’s Knickers – A silly book about the Queen having special kickers for different occasions. Introduces kids to different colors/textures/designs.
  • London, A Book of Opposites – London can be rainy, or it can be sunny. Some Buckingham Palace guards are big, and others are little. Explore opposites through the sights of London in this gorgeous board book!

I love to see what other people have done for England themed activities, so if you have something you think I need to add to this list, please DM me! 🙂

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