It is officially Shakespeare Week! From 19th – 24th March, schools all over the UK are giving young children the opportunity to experience and fall in love with Shakespeare. Shakespeare is a talented, beloved and well-known writer, and sadly we don’t often encounter him until high school. That’s why I love the idea of dedicating a week to educating primary school children on Shakespeare! Free resources to do just this is provided for school teachers, or anybody wanting to teach their children all about him. I’m joining in the fun and celebrating Shakespeare Week with Viking, who have kindly gifted me some stationery to create my ode to William Shakespeare.
Viking sent me a box of goodies, including:
- coloured pens
- a marker pen
- a picture frame
- a quote card
- scrabble letters
- a modern day emoji-style Hamlet
- a quill set
- “Romeo and Juliet” loose leaf tea.
I was truly spoiled – thank you so much, Viking!
I wasn’t sure what I would create at first. Eventually I decided that I would take advantage of the cute brown paper and picture frame, and create a pretty handwritten quote. I’m not great at hand-lettering, but what’s the harm in trying? In the end I was happy with how it turned out! In hindsight, I wish I had written and 5th and 7th lines more like how I wrote the 1st. But, as far as firsts attempts go, I think it went pretty well.
I have a few quotes from my favourite books that I’d love frame alongside this one. Practise makes perfect, after all, and a wall of hand-lettered quotes would look great in my new room!
I looked at a lot of Shakespeare quotes, but ended up settling on the one that came on the card in my box. The quote is beautiful and perfect for framing.
“We are such stuff that dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
With the coloured paper in my box, I popped on My Favourite Murder and made some origami flowers. Originally I wanted to make a rose as a nod to the famous Romeo and Juliet quote, but I got carried away and ended up with 4 different flowers. After a morning of Googling, I went for a rose, lotus flower, tulip and a lily. My favourite has to be the lily – what’s yours?
How else could I finish off my arts and crafts day than with a mug of Romeo and Juliet tea? (If you don’t already know, I’m a huge tea fan.) This one was a black tea with a lovely rose taste. Usually I’m not keen on rose flavours, but this one was subtle and very enjoyable!
Creating crafts to celebrate Shakespeare Week was a lot of fun! Pick up your own arts and crafts set, one of his plays or pop on a movie adaption this week and celebrate in your own way.
Shakespeare or no Shakespeare, let me know how your week has been going in the comments below!
Until next time,