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5 activities for under 5s to celebrate the King’s Coronation

With the Coronation just days away, we’re all busy preparing for the celebrations – whether it’s for a huge street party or a cosy family gathering.

To help your little one better understand this event and get excited to join in, we’ve put together some fun Coronation-themed activities!

Did you know…

Each of these activities provides your child with the opportunity to further develop the following Early Years skills:

  • Communication and Language - learning new vocabulary, listening, and understanding.

  • Physical Skills – developing fine motor skills.

  • Understanding of the World – better understanding of the importance of the Royal family to British culture.

  • Mathematics – add counting when grabbing each item to enhance their learning.

Let’s dive straight in!

The Activity: DIY Coronation Medal

You will need:

  • Gold paint

  • Brushes

  • Ribbon

  • Safety pin (optional)

  • White air-drying clay (you can also use salt dough – click here for a recipe)

  • Double-sided tape


  1. Take a small section of clay and roll it into a ball – then flatten it to create a circle.

  2. Use smaller bits of clay to create an image on top (this can be the King’s face or a pattern). Optionally, use a pencil to create some details. Leave to dry overnight.

  3. The next day use the gold paint to paint your clay. Leave to dry.

  4. Attach your ribbon (either folded or cut into a few cm strip) to the back of the medal using double-sided tape.

  5. Optionally, you can either hang this up or pin it onto clothes using a safety pin!

The Activity: Coronation Handprint Wreath

You will need:

  • Variety of paint colours

  • Card paper

  • PVA glue or double-sided tape

  • Ribbon

  • Blue, white, red pompoms (optional)

  • Sponge or brush

  • Scissors


  1. Make handprints into pieces of card using the paint (either with a sponge or brush) – you can use a variety of colours, this guide uses red, white, and blue.

  2. When your handprints are dry, cut these out.

  3. Use your glue or tape to stick the handprints together in a circle.

  4. Optionally, stick pompoms on top of the wreath to decorate.

  5. Attach a ribbon to the wreath to hang it up!

The Activity: Royal Sensory Tray

You will need:

  • Tray

  • Optionally, natural or royal items/crafting supplies.

  • Coloured rice or shaving cream (red, blue, white – click here for a guide to dye rice).

  • Scoop/wooden spoon


  1. This one is easy! Simply grab your tray add in all of the elements one by one and let your little one explore. You can chat about and count the different elements in their sensory tray.

The Activity: Baking Together - Classic Victoria Sponge (via BBC Good Food)

You will need:

  • 200g caster sugar

  • 200g softened butter

  • 4 eggs, beaten

  • 200g self-raising flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tbsp milk

For the filling

  • 100g butter, softened

  • 140g icing sugar, sifted

  • Drop of vanilla extract (optional)

  • Half a 340g jar strawberry jam

  • Icing sugar, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper.

  2. In a large bowl, beat 200g caster sugar, 200g softened butter, 4 beaten eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 2 tbsp milk together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

  3. Divide the mixture between the tins, and smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon.

  4. Bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed.

  5. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

  6. To make the filling, beat the 100g softened butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in 140g sifted icing sugar and a drop of vanilla extract (if you’re using it).

  7. Spread the buttercream over the bottom of one of the sponges. Top it with 170g strawberry jam and sandwich the second sponge on top.

  8. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

The Activity: DIY Crowns

You will need:

  • 1 Piece of card paper per crown

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Pencil

  • Paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Optionally, foam stickers, glitter glue and adhesive rhinestones


  1. Cut your card paper in half lengthwise. Fold one piece in half lengthwise and cut in half. These two pieces you will use as your band. Depending on the size of the king or queen’s head, you may only need one piece.

  2. Fold the remaining large piece in half the short way. Use a pencil to draw a crown shape and cut it out with scissors, so when you unfold it, you have a fun crown!

  3. Decorate your crown with your crafting materials and paint. Let dry.

  4. When dry, tape one edge of the long strip to one side of the crown. Wrap around the child’s head to measure and trim the excess.

  5. Tape the remaining end together and enjoy being a Royal!


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