13 May 2022

This year, The Big Jubilee Lunch is part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and The Big Lunch will once again kickstart a Month of Community – giving us lots of reasons to get the kids involved!

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, group leader or you’re just looking for ways to involve the younger members of your community, we’ve got lots of ideas and free resources to help you.

Kids getting ready for The Big Lunch

Here are five ideas for starters:

1.     Get crafting

No Big Lunch or Big Jubilee Lunch is complete without bunting! Gather old scraps of material, brightly coloured paper, card or even old magazines, and some string and use our handy guide and templates to get children making and decorating their own bunting ahead of your event.

There are lots of other creative craft ideas to try, here are some of our favourites: 

2.      Complete The Big Jubilee Lunch Challenge Pack

This year, we’ve teamed up with the Pawprint Family to create The Big Jubilee Lunch Challenge Pack, full of activities for children of all ages to complete ahead of the big bank holiday weekend this year.

The pack includes craft, food and games ideas that can be adapted and used however you want.  You can pick and choose which activities work best for your child or group and spread the Challenge out over a few hours, days or even a couple of weeks!

Once the Challenge has been completed, reward the children taking part by buying them the official Big Jubilee Lunch Badge. It’s a lovely keepsake and way of remembering this historic occasion and 50p from the sale of each badge goes to supporting our work.

3. Activity Ideas for all ages

If you’re looking for more simple things to do, our Activity Ideas are another good place to start. We have two sets, one for The Big Jubilee Lunch and one for The Big Lunch – perfect for events taking place throughout the Month of Community.

The Activity Ideas can be adapted to suit different ages and include hat making, song-writing and researching interesting facts about the local community and area.  

4. Free Teaching Resources

The Big Lunch links nicely with many elements of the curriculum and school life, including community events, cooking and wellbeing. We have a great selection of free teaching resources for Key Stages 1 to 4, including a set for the Jubilee.

There are lots of complete lesson plans to help engage children of different ages and stages in the idea of community events and celebrations. Starting with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for Key Stage 1, a Music lesson for Key Stages 2 and 3 and Media Studies, Geography, Modern Languages and English lessons for Key Stages 3 and 4. The Street Party Song included in our Music lesson is fun to sign and get children in the mood for The Big Lunch!

The Big Jubilee Lunch resources are a nice way to introduce the monarchy and teach pupils about the significance of the Platinum Jubilee, making them ideal for the summer term this year. Take a look or share the resources with a teacher you know.

5.   Ideas for Schools

As always, schools are invited to join in however and whenever works best for their community and with term dates - either holding a Big Jubilee Lunch around the beginning of June, or a Big Lunch, anytime during Month of Community or summer term.

In 2021, nine million people took part in The Big Lunch and a massive £7.4million was raised for charity, the majority of which (77%) was for local charities or causes. So, if your school, or your child’s school is looking for a new fundraising activity, this could be just the thing!

However you get involved, make sure you sign up for your free Pack and we'd love to hear about your event too, so get in touch!

More information for schools

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, group leader or you’re just looking for ways to involve the younger members of your community, we’ve got lots of ideas and free resources to help you.