5 last-minute ways to celebrate VE Day in lockdown with the kids

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Activity ideas for your family as we celebrate another bank holiday in lockdown.

VE Day activity ideas for kids
VE Day activities with the kids: why not try painting rainbows on faces! | Photo credit @theadventuresoftillyandco

Last-minute ideas for celebrating VE Day and the Bank Holiday weekend in lockdown with the kids

The past few weeks and days have blurred while juggling sewing around Poppy's 'school' and lockdown family life. And it seems during this blur VE Day and the bank holiday weekend have crept up on me! Has the same happened to you?

Friday 8 May marks Victory in Europe Day

Today, Friday 8 May, marks VE Day (or Victory in Europe Day) which is the day World War Two came to an end as Britain and its Allies accepted Germany's surrender. The early May Bank Holiday is normally on a Monday, however this year it was pushed back to enable the country to take part in celebrations together. Little did we know these celebrations would take place in lockdown!

When deciding my blog post this week I figured some of you might be in the same last-minute-panic situation as me. So I've explored the internet, Instagram and chatted to my Brand Reps to come up with ways you can pull off VE Day and Bank Holiday celebrations with no planning involved. Sound good? Read on!

I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday and manage to put your feet up with a cuppa at some point.

Stay safe and take care,

Sam x



VE Day Lockdown Activities To Try

1. Last-minute handmade VE Day flags

Do you follow @MrsMactivity on Instagram? If not, then I really recommend you do. Its a business, founded by a teacher and mummy, that provides plenty of fun educational resources for kids. Mrs Mactivity has loads of downloadable activities for VE Day and the handmade VE Day flags caught my eye. To have access to all the resources there is an annual membership of £19.97. But I reckon you could easily make the flags using your own paper, pens and scissors at home. I'm sure Mrs Mactivity won't mind us giving it a go ourselves! Check out the website here.

2. FREE online music session for kids at 10am on Friday 8 May

Music with Mummy Newbury (near to where Popsy and Mama is based) is kindly offering a free Facebook live music session for little people at 10am today. Ruth, who runs the sessions, said she thought it would be a nice thing to do as a family before the proceedings began on TV at 11am. The session is not directly related to VE Day but will involve plenty of marching and songs to get everyone feeling happy! What a lovely idea. You can join the FREE live music session here.

3. Colour VE Day Lego Heroes

We love colouring and Lego in our house, so when I spotted a Lego 'Colouring Heroes' Facebook Group I had to join. Even if your children are a little small to be into Lego it's still a nice group to check out for activity ideas. You can download a Lego Heroes from VE Day pack for FREE from the Facebook page. Whether you want to put your colouring creations up in your windows, make bunting or send to family members to say 'hi', it's sure to keep little people amused for a while.

4. VE Day style Teddy Bears Picnic

Bank holidays are normally surrounded by family and friends. Why not call on some new friends this year to celebrate VE Day with - some soft toy friends! Make your bank holiday celebrations a bit different to every lockdown day by putting on a teddy bears picnic with bells and whistles on. Throw down a blanket, gather the soft toys, add some Union Jack touches (if you have time) and enjoy your lunch in the garden surrounded by your little person's favourite things! Simple, but something for the whole family to enjoy.

VE Day style teddy bears picnic
VE Day style Teddy Bears Picnic | Photo credit: @1mama_2littlehumans

5. Face painting fun!

Face painting isn't my favourite go-to activity, but Poppy loves it! I know most children do too. It's an activity that doesn't take any planning either. So why not throw caution to the wind this weekend and get the face paints out. You can paint Union Jacks on each others faces, choose a hero to be or continue with the current rainbow theme to show support to all of our heroes. Our Brand Reps enjoyed painting rainbows on their faces this week using Little Brian's Face Paint Sticks. What fun!

If you want more activity ideas to try with your children this weekend check out my Easy Craft Ideas for Kids post.

Happy bank holiday!


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