Next week, the whole world will tune in to watch the historic event (and for many, a once in a lifetime event!) - the coronation of King Charles III. As a teacher, I look to any celebration day as a reason to create exciting, relevant activities for the students in my class and the coronation is an excellent opportunity to explore the concept of monarchy and celebrate this historic event. In this blog post, I will share some activities that can be done with children with special needs to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.
Why Are Multisensory Activities Important?
Multisensory activities are incredibly beneficial for children with special educational needs (SEN) because they allow children to engage with the world around them using multiple senses. By using a combination of sensory experiences, such as touch, sight, sound, and movement, children with SEN can more easily process information and make meaningful connections between what they learn and their own experiences. Multisensory activities also promote active learning, which can help to increase children's engagement and motivation, while providing opportunities for them to develop essential social, cognitive, and emotional skills.
Royal Sensory Bin
Create a sensory bin that represents the coronation event. Include items such as plastic gold coins, jewels, fabric strips, and small figurines that represent the king, queen, prince, and princess. Encourage children to explore and play with the materials using their sense of touch, sight, and sound.
Multisensory Activities to Celelbrate the Coronation
Royal Musical Chairs
Play music from the time of the coronation and set up chairs in a circle. As the music plays, children walk around the chairs. When the music stops, they sit in the nearest chair. Remove one chair each time the music stops until only one chair remains. The child who sits in the remaining chair is the winner and can be crowned the royal champion.
Create a Crown
One activity that can be done to celebrate the coronation is to make crowns. Children can make crowns using different materials, such as cardboard, paper, or foam sheets. They can decorate the crowns with stickers, glitter, and markers to make them look royal. You can use this opportunity to talk about the significance of the crown and its association with royalty.
Royal Role Play
Role-play is an excellent way for children to develop their social skills and imagination. You can create a royal court with different roles such as the king, queen, prince, and princess. Children can take turns playing the different roles, and you can use this opportunity to teach them about the different responsibilities of each role.
Decorate Your Classroom
What better way to get into the royal spirit than to decorate the classroom? Now, be sure to warn your students, especially any who struggle with change, about the upcoming decorations but you can get everyone involved with this activity. You could hang bunting, decorate boards with Union Jacks or hang balloons.
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Make a Coronation Cake
What's more British than afternoon tea? Spending an afternoon making some classic British cakes in Food Technology or Cooking lessons is a great way to celebrate the coronation and also teach some cooking skills to the students. Use ready made cake mix for ease and speed and top with ready made frosting and use sprinkles or even some cake toppers!
However you choose the celebrate the coronation, the main thing is to have fun! It is going to be a momentous day and one for the history books. Be creative in how you celebrate it with your students and do share what you get up to!