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Outdoor Games In Honour Of St George's Day

Celebrate our patron saint by dressing up as a knight, slaying a dragon and rescuing a princess on the 23rd of April.

With a little planning you can stretch these activities out to last the whole day.

Firstly have some quiet craft time to making the equipment you will need for the games later. here are some ideas for things you can make: Swords - Cut out the shape from a cardboard box or cereal packet, then wrap in tin foil. Armour - Make a chest plate from card and tin foil. Pierce the corners, thread through some ribbon, and tie securely around the body. Dragon Head - Take a large cardboard box and paint it green to use as a dragon head. You might want to add a smaller box to the front to be a snout, and triangles on the top for spines. Paint ferocious looking teeth along the side. Fire Balls - Use red, orange and yellow tissue paper, scrunched into balls to make fire.

Mummy Is An Old Dragon You're the dragon, teddy is the princess, and the climbing frame is her prison. Arm your children with whatever gentle weaponry you have, and run around the garden threatening to gobble them up. You can grab a green sheet to wrap around yourself as a costume, or shoot orange tissue paper balls out as fire.

Dragon Pinata Let them burn off some steam by beating up a dragon with a stick, a dragon filled with treats.

What's The Time Mr Dragon I think you can probably guess how this one goes. One child / adult is the dragon, and stands at one end of the garden with their back to the other children. The children call out 'what's the time Mr Dragon', and whatever time is called out corresponds to the number of steps forward the children need to take, until the dragon says 'dinner time' and chases the children.

Treasure Hunt Dragon's are usually protecting precious treasure. Stage a treasure hunt in your garden by making clues that lead on to each other. Turn regular A4 printer paper into ancient scrolls by wiping with a wet tea bag and rolling up from either end.

Dressing Up Relay Race Split the children up into two teams. You will need two dressing up knight or dragon outfits. One person on each team is nominated as the person who will be dressed up, someone else throws a die, and another person is a runner. Every time a 6 is thrown , a runner must go to the other end of the garden and collect a dressing up item, then bring it back for the person who will be the knight. The die cannot be thrown again until all players are seated. The winning team is the first team to get their person into full costume.

Snack Time No St George's Day party would be complete without appropriately themed snacks. All day on the 23rd April, you should be tucking into food that is quintessentially English. Jam tarts, scones, cottage pie, stew and dumplings, Victoria sponge, spotted dick, sausage and mash, crumpets, yorkshire puddings, all washed down with cups of tea.

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