VE Day also known as ‘Victory Day’ in Europe, first took place on 8 May 1945, as millions of people across Allied Europe took to the streets to celebrate the formal end of World War Two.
This Friday, the nation will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the momentous day. While we’re not able to celebrate the occasion in the way many of us will have planned to do, we can still mark the occasion from home, with lots of things to do with the family.
From making your own bunting, to designing your own postcard, to colouring in posters to hang in your window, make sure you get the whole household involved for some arty fun! These activities not only allow the children to join in the VE Day celebrations, but it’s also an opportunity to host your own history lesson and teach them about the war.
1) Make your own bunting
Decorate your house or garden with some homemade bunting and support the BBC’s ‘Make a Difference’ campaign. Show off your bunting on social media using the hashtags #GreatBritishBunting and #VEDay75.
These are easy to make and the kids can decorate it in any way they like so get creative! Templates and step-by-step instructions can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/makeadifference
2) Colouring in posters
What better way to keep the kids occupied than some colouring in posters. They can colour in Victory posters or pictures of soldiers who would’ve served in the war, learning about what they wore and what their roles were. Templates can be found here: https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/
3) Rationing list
Get a piece of paper and pen, and let the kids decide on 5 items they would miss most if it was rationed today! This is a great exercise to teach the kids about what people endured through the Second World War.
4) Make your own tissue flag
Get the kids together to make their own VE day flag using paper and some coloured tissue. This colourful flag will make a great tribute to the heroes who served in the war and the kids can take to the street to wave it proudly in their honour. Instructions can be found here: https://www.bakerross.co.uk/craft-ideas/kids/union-jack-tissue-flag/
5) Design your own postcard
Using some card and a pen, ask the kids to write a postcard home about what they miss and what they’re most looking forward to when they return. This helps them learn about evacuation and the experiences of children back in 1945.