Celebrations – Playgroup

celebrations playgroupCultural celebrations and festivals are a great way to develop positive cultural identity, and understanding of and respect for differences. This is helpful in developing social and emotional skills.

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Talking with families at playgroup about their own cultural celebrations & traditions, and looking at ways of incorporating them into playgroup activities helps everyone feel welcome, included and respected.

Add language

You could talk about the different ways families celebrate the same event or about different types of celebrations in other cultures e.g. different times and ways of celebrating New Year. It can be fun to learn how different languages say things like “Happy Birthday”.

Other development

Having some props associated with different celebrations is useful to provide children with opportunities to act out different events and ways of celebrating in the wider world.

Incorporating drawing, painting, crafts or cooking associated with celebrations and festivals provides lots of opportunities for the children to work at their own level developing fine motor skills and early maths and science concepts.


Be allergy aware when cooking or bringing special food to playgroup.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. Check out celebrations for babiestoddlers and children.


Activities listed under “playgroup” are suitable for groups of children of various ages. They provide opportunities for early learning and social play.