Learning through play ideas for burns night

We’ve put together some fun ideas for learning all about the Scottish celebration!

Burns Night celebrates the life of Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns, a Scottish poet born over 250 years ago! Celebrating everything he brought to Scottish culture.


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?
Thanks Maria for this image (@mumscolourfuladventures)

Create traditional Scottish outfits

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

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

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! ⤵️


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

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 Burns Night wordsearch! ⤵️


Build your own Scottish landmarks

Try making Scottish landmarks from wooden toys such as the Forth Rail Bridge. See Aileen’s make of Nessie and Loch Ness!

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