Burns Night, Great Ideas for Learning Through Play

Burns Night Felting, Bex Northman
Burns Night Felting – Bex Northman @the_wholesome_cumbrian

Celebrating Burns Night

Burns Night is celebrated on the 25th of January and celebrates the life of Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns, a Scottish poet born over 250 years ago! Filled with fun Scottish traditions, Burns Night celebrations often include poems, songs, food and toasts, with a nod towards his contribution to Scottish culture.

We’ve put together some fun ideas with the help of some of our team members and buddies for learning all about this traditional Scottish celebration with your children. Whether you are holding a Burns Night party or learning about Scottish culture, we have 6 fun ideas to help you on your way. Let’s take a look!

Six Fun Ideas for Kids this Burns Night

Make a Burns Night Flat lay

Use toys to make a Scottish themed flat lay like our Scottish flag! We’ve used Grapat Mandala pieces and nappy boosters to create this creative flat lay.
 
Why not try making a Scottish meal including haggis or a Scottish castle?
Burns Night Flat lay, Scottish flag

Create Traditional Scottish Outfits

There’s lots of traditional Scottish outfits and highland dress including kilts! Maria has been making outfits for the Cliques with modelling clay with her children. Why not try the same for your toys with Okonorm modelling clay, paper or fabric?

Thanks Maria for this image (@ramblingsandrainbows)
Thanks Maria for this great picture of her son on her wedding day wearing a traditional formal Scottish outfit (@ramblingsandrainbows)

Design Your Own Tartan

Tartan is a woollen cloth woven in one of several patterns of coloured checks and intersecting lines. Scottish clans (families) will traditionally have their own design and colours!

Use colourful wooden blocks to make a tartan design like Aileen (@ailsandisla) or download our tartan colouring sheet to colour in at home! ⤵️

https://www.babipur.co.uk/media/gallery/Burns-Night-colouring-sheet–desing-your-own-tartan.jpg

Burns night tartan colouring printout

Tartan Needle Felting

Our Babipur Buddy, Bex @the_wholesome_cumbrian has made her own tartan design using Glückskäfer felting wool. Needle felting is a great craft for older children (and adults!), get creative with your own tartan colours!

Bex Northman Burns Night Felting
Glückskäfer Needle Felting kit – Bex Northman @the_wholesome_cumbrian

Needle felting requires patience and concentration, and is a great way of developing fine motor skills and creativity! We recommend supervising children under 10 as the needles are very sharp. Will you have a go at making your own tartan, or how about a Scottish landscape scene for Burns Night?

Needle felting in progress! Bex Northman
Needle felting in progress! Bex Northman @the_wholesome_cumbrian

Burns Night Colouring Sheets

We’ve made some downloadable colouring sheets of Robert Burns and the Scottish flag to colour in at home:

Robert Burns – https://www.babipur.co.uk/media/gallery/Burns-Night-colouring-sheet-robert-burns.jpg  

Scottish flag – https://www.babipur.co.uk/media/gallery/Burns-Night-colouring-sheet-scottish-flag.jpg

Robert Burns portrate free printable for Burns Night
Scottish flag free printable for Burns Night

Learn Scottish words

There are many words used in Scotland that you may not use or have heard of, heres a few to learn!

Learn Scottish words and their meanings while hunting for them amongst Reel Wood letters in this wordsearch! ⤵️

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Build your own Scottish landmarks

Try making Scottish landmarks from wooden toys such as the Forth Rail Bridge or Edinburgh Castle. We love Aileen’s recreation of of Nessie and Loch Ness using wooden blocks!

Babipur Craft Club

We’ve got lots of craft inspiration for the whole family on the Babipur Craft Club blog pages. Hop over and get some ideas for your next project with inspiration covering all seasons and events! We would love to hear about your Burns Night celebrations! If you have a go at any of these ideas, don’t forget to share with us on social media #BabipurCraftClub

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