Crafts can be a good way to introduce young children to the significance of a particular day, especially when that day's symbol is widely known and easily recognisable. Such is the case with the poppy that symbolises Remembrance Day, a memorial day dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
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Cut the middle out of one paper plate for each child to create a wreath base. You can do this with white paper plates and have the children colour them green; alternatively, if you do not have much time set aside for the craft activity, use green plates. Cut out poppy shapes from red paper, making enough to cover all the wreaths plus some extra to allow for mistakes. Have the children glue the poppies onto the wreath base.
Have the children dip their hands in red finger paint and make four hand prints on white paper. Let dry and then cut the hand prints out, ensuring you keep track of which hand prints belong to which child. Arrange each child's four hand prints into a flower shape, with the fingers pointing outwards, and glue a black circle in the centre to create a poppy. Glue each poppy to a green poster board square and write the child's name underneath. Alternatively, write each child's name in small letters in the centre of his poppy, using gold or silver marker so it stands out, and use the poppies to create a wreath.
Poppy wall art
Draw a large poppy shape on white poster board, including a circle for the poppy's centre. Prepare one such board for each child. Have them color the poppy red and the poppy's centre black, either with crayons or with paint. Alternatively, prepare long strips of black and red coloured paper for each child and direct them to cut or tear them into pieces, then glue the pieces into the shape. Wait for the paint or glue to dry, if necessary, then cut the poppies out, glue them to green poster board squares and write each child's name underneath.
Fingerprint poppy field
Prepare red and black pots of finger paint and a large sheet of white paper for each child. Instruct the children to dip their thumb into the red paint and make two horizontal thumb prints on the paper, one above the other. This forms the petals of a poppy. Get them to repeat this process all over the paper. After the red paint has dried a bit, instruct them to dip their little finger into the black paint and make a print in the centre of each poppy to complete it. Once the paint has dried completely, you or the children can draw a stem for each poppy using a green marker.
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