Early Years

Early Years

We offer fun and engaging learning experience for under 5s and we’re proud to be a Playful Museum with the Northern Ireland Museums Council.

Every year we take part in the Playful Museums Festival which encourages families to engage with their local museums and collections.

Many museums provide bespoke programmes to meet the developmental needs of under 5s and this year the Festival celebrates it’s 5th year!

Meet Jeannie the hen

This is Jeannie the hen. She helps us to tell young children what life was like during the Second World War.

Jeannie tells the story of how she left the busy and dangerous city of Belfast and went on an adventure to the Countryside. There she met lots of new friends and discovered new things about farming and digging for victory. She was even given a particularly important job… laying fresh eggs to help put food on the table!

Watch Jeannie’s story

You can watch Kelsey from Squiggles and Giggles tell Jeannie’s story on our YouTube Channel and follow along to bake a wartime carrot cake at home.

Activities for Under 5s

Download our Jeannie the Hen Activity Pack below and have fun completing different crafts, games, colouring-in and music and movement activities.

Borrow a loan box

Later this month we will be launching a loan box and an illustrated book which tells the story of Jeannie’s Adventure to the Countryside. Our Playful Museums loan box is suitable for Preschool classes of children aged 2-5. Inside you will find toys and activities which enhance Jeannie’s story.

Preschools, nurseries and day-care centres can contact the museum to borrow the loan box which brings Jeannie’s story to life.

Register your interest for a free Illustrated copy of Jeannie’s adventure to the Countryside

Later in the year we’re publishing an Illustrated book of Jeannie’s Adventure to the Countryside. We’re currently working with Illustrator Susanne Shaw to create this and look forward to showing it to you soon. Early Year facilitators can get in touch to register their interest for a free copy. They can also borrow the loan box which brings Jeannie’s story to life.

Email learning@niwarmemorial.org to register your interest.

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