This Friday, May 8th 2020, Britain will be celebrating a momentous day. It was 75 years ago that Germany surrendered and World War II in Europe came to an end. VE Day (Victory in Europe) is a Bank Holiday this year and while planned events and street parties are more tricky in lockdown world, there will still be lots of ways to celebrate the day at home.
Join families up and down the UK by making your own VE Day bunting and hanging it in the windows of your home.
Free VE Day bunting templates to download
Union Jack VE Day bunting
Pic: Plan Bee
Download Union Jack VE bunting from MadeForMums to colour in – courtesy of Learning Resources site PlanBee.
Red, white and blue bunting template
White bunting – This is the ink-friendly printable bunting! Just black ink is required for the outline. As well as using this as white bunting, it’s also a great template to colour in.
Download white bunting from MadeForMums
Red bunting – Printing this option is the fast way to make red bunting, but if you’re keen to save on ink, try the white bunting above, and get your children busy with red paint, markers or crayons.
Download red bunting from MadeForMums
Blue bunting – Print with coloured ink for blue bunting, or just opt for the white bunting above, and have your children colour it in with blue markers, pencils, crayons or paint.
Download blue bunting from MadeForMums
More bunting templates
Pics: Colouring Heroes | Twinkl
Spitfires, rainbow backgrounds and minifigure-style characters – there are a huge number of free printable templates to download, print and colour from Colouring Heroes
Full colour printed Union Jack bunting – Download pre-coloured Union Jack VE bunting from Twinkl (use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS to get free access for 1 month, after which you’ll pay £4.49 a month)
Completely plain bunting – Download a plain bunting template from BBC Local.
How to make bunting
You will need:
- A4 paper (you need one piece for one triangle)
- Something to string the triangle on to
- Something to hold the bunting securely in place when up (or leave enough string at either end to securely tie up)
To make the bunting:
- Print out as many triangles as you need to make the desire length of bunting
- Cut out each shape
- Fold the paper back along the dotted line (so the tab is sitting behind the coloured side)
- Glue or stick the tab down – you don’t want to glue the entire tab because you need a space to thread the ribbon or string through to hang the bunting
- If you want the triangles to be spaced apart, you can fold the tab over the ribbon/string and glue the triangle in place on the strand
Be mindful of where and how securely you hang your bunting as it could be a strangulation/choking hazard. It’s not safe to have it anywhere it could be reached by a young child (even by them climbing onto furniture). Make sure it is securely tied or tacked up – you don’t want it falling down and becoming within reach of a child, and ensure there are no dangling ends of string or ribbon for an eager child to grab.
Of course, if you want to avoid lengths of string or ribbon entirely, you can just print out the triangles, cut off the fold-over tab and stick on the wall individually, with pointed edges touching.
Lots more VE Day activities…
Learn to Lindy Hop with the Royal British Legion!
Learn how to do a Lindy Hop dance – the Charleston Stroll – on the Royal British Legion Facebook page. It’s a dance that was done on doorsteps all over the country on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Led by Lindy hop dance teacher Elliot, you can learn this classic 1940s dance and other steps too. Plus you can download a guide to the Charleston Stroll steps to help you!
Pic: Horrible Histories/CBBC
Watch Horrible Histories VE Day song
Downloadable VE Day Morse Code game from PlanBee
Downloadable resource pack – for KS1 children on Twinkl with simple explainer cards, writing templates and wordsearch
5-minute video explainer – for KS2 kids, this video charts the events leading up to VE day with personal accounts from those who remember it first-hand – made in partnership with the Imperial War Museum
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