St Davids Day is celebrated annually on the 1st of March. People who live in Wales and who are of Welsh origin celebrate their Patron Saint - St David.
People celebrate by wearing traditional costume, parades and wearing daffodils and leeks.
The flag of St David is black with a yellow cross and will be flown more than usual on the day along with the Welsh Flag.
During a battle against the Saxons St David told his men to wear a leek so they were able to distinguish who the enemy was. They went on to win the so the leek has become a Welsh symbol.
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We have the lovely Sue Baxter joining us again today sharing the activities shes set up for the children in her care. We loved the Pancake Day Tuff Tray she recently shared so be sure to check that out. Sue is a registered childminder of 15 years and has been rated outstanding 3 years on the trot by Ofsted! Welcome Sue!
I love using the Tuff Tray in my setting! It gives us the opportunity to explore the world through our play. Themed trays are so much fun. They spark so many questions and I love how hungry the children are to learn.
St Davids Day has really been enjoyed by the children this year.
They loved exploring the Tuff Tray I put together for them:
I printed off some label cards from Twinkl. We made our own Love Spoons. We used stainless steel spoons and painted them brown. We also added shapes to the spoons. We spoke about what love spoons are made from (wood) and we watched a video on YouTube on watching a spoon being carved. It was a great opportunity to look at shapes and for me to see which ones children knew confidently.
The leeks I made by rolling up some felt around some white wool. I used a hot glue gun to stick them together.
The hat was a big hit with the children. You can buy your own from Amazon. They fit over your head and your face sits as the centre of the flower. Its great for St Davids Day but also great for Spring.
I printed off some welsh cakes for the tray. The BBQ grill came out. I place battery operated candles underneath some coloured cellophane so the children can pretend to cook. They really do enjoy it!
I brought the daffodil plant from a local pound store.
We also had a go at making our very own Welsh Cakes and enjoyed them for snack time with some milk!
Thank you so much Sue for sharing your beautiful play set ups for St Davids Day! It looks like you have all been having a great time learning more about the Welsh National Festival.
As part of your St Davids Day celebrations you could also make some Handprint Daffodils. They make cute keepsakes and are lovely to display over the Spring too!