VE Day 2020 – Activities and Ideas to celebrate at Home
The weekend of May 8th – 10th is the weekend to commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe), marking the end of the war in Europe.
Many events had been planned to celebrate it however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, plans are now cancelled. I think its a really important event to teach my children about and to still commemorate properly; both of my grandads fought in the war and it will be great to make sure we talk about them so they know all about what they did.Here are some ideas for you to do at home to celebrate this incredible day.
We’ve also been learning about Morse code at our home-school! Can you work out my son’s message?
It was stay safe and stay happy!!
Celebrate at Home
The ‘Stay at Home Street Party’ is encouraging people to decorate their houses in red, white and blue and have a picnic in their garden to celebrate. I live on a small cul de sac and we are having a street party, each household on their front garden with a picnic table at least 2m from the next house. We’re having afternoon teas and one of the neighbours is going to call out a bingo game. It’s actually given us all a real boost to have something to look forward to and plan!
To plan your VE Day celebrations at home VE Day 75 and English Heritage have developed some toolkits, which include recipes, posters, dance moves and a spotify play list for you to use! Check it out Here!
The VE Day 75 website are also encouraging all those taking part to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of your own home by standing up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
7 Ideas for what you can do at home to commemorate as a family at Home…
1. Create your own red white & blue bunting
Give your celebration a BRITISH theme with your own designs of red, white & blue bunting!
You can make your own VE Day Great British Bunting, download everything you need from the BBC HERE. Check out their video here too.
There are some great bunting designs plus lots of other home-school resources to teach your children all about VE day on Twinkl here just pop VE Day in the search bar, we liked the Morse code activity and rationing!
2. Design your own VE DAY party hat and have a competition for the best design
Grab some old newspaper, PVA glue, some balloons and some paint and create your own party hat from Papier-mache!! For a top hat try using a flower pot covered in cling film for your mould!
blow up the balloons to slightly bigger than head size
cover the top of the balloon in the newspaper and PVA glue. Add 2 -3 layers. This will take around 2 days to dry.
Once the hat is dry pop the balloon or remove it from the cling film.
To add a brim to your hat simple take your dry moulded hat and place on a surface covered in cling film. Set the hat at the centre so you can papier mache around it. First, add long paper strips around the hat to fix it in place on the brim. Build the brim with 3 layers of papier-mache.
The brim doesn’t need to be flat, it can be moulded into any shape you wish! Make a bonnet brim by placing 4 cans underneath the rim. Make a Cowboy hat brim by using something to hold up the edges as the papier-mache dries. Use a tray covered in cling film as your surface to and papier-mache up the rims of the tray to create a lip around your brim.
Paint your hat or you could use crepe paper or wrapping paper to cover it!
Add feathers, ribbons, flowers or even stickers to your hat!
3. Have a Picnic
Set out the picnic blanket in the garden (if the sun is shining!!) or in front of the telly and enjoy some best of British favourites, maybe cucumber sandwiches or a full afternoon tea! You could even add some of our…
4. Red, White & Blue Baking Idea’s
Get the aprons out and whip up a storm (or a flour cloud!) in the kitchen with the kids!
These are our favourite recipes for VE themed goodies.
Red, White & Blue Cupcakes these might be aimed at 4th July but there’s no reason you couldn’t enjoy these to celebrate VE day! You could even have a VE day (cup) cake competition!
Or for the quintessentially English try adding blueberries to your Strawberries & cream or try blackberry jam on your scones!
5. Don’t fancy R,W&B then try your hand at 1940’s baking!
There are lots of recipe ideas online to take you back to the 1940s. Here are a few of our favourites!
Bread & Butter pudding
6. Fancy Dress Theme
We all know how kids love to dress up at any occasion so why not have the kids don their best WW2 outfits or they could come in their military uniforms, as knights or their Sunday best! The grown ups on my clu de sac are going for 1940s hairstyles and, depending on what I can find in my wardrobe, outfits too.
7. Party Games
Put a spin on the traditional party games with these 5 fun ideas!
Pin the gas mask on the child – a take on pin the tail on the donkey
Pass the parcel – have the parcel wrapped in newspaper or parcel paper for an authentic take
1940’s Bingo: Rather than using numbers have 1940s films, icons or events there is a great guide here
The Soldier Says… a VE Day themed take on Simon says
Air Raid Statues. Like Musical statues but instead of pausing the music play air raid sounds instead. Use Air Raid sounds on YouTube and gets the kids to dance around, freezing when the air raid plays
I hope this gives you some ideas and you enjoy the day at home.
Thanks to Wharfedale Mumbler for gathering these ideas together