Updated: Apr 12
Each year ANZAC and Remembrance Day rolls around and we are always looking for something a little different and creative to teach our students about the significance of these important days on the calendar.
The poppy always features in our classrooms because our students make them to wear on their lapels for the school assembly on ANZAC and Remembrance Day.
But we like to get more creative than that and give our students a lesson that will stick in their minds and create relevance for them and their world.
With that in mind, we have put this post together. Here are 7 easy and creative ideas that feature the poppy, that you can use in your classroom, as a symbol of respect and remembrance:
1. Gratitude Poppies
Students colour them and pin to their lapel for school or home ANZAC day celebrations. Once you are finished wearing them, ask students to record something they are grateful for and put on display in your classroom. These events are a great opportunity to encourage an attitude of gratitude among your students.
If you like this idea, you might want to check out our full poppy gratitude lesson
2. Simple but effective Art
Use your poppy as a stencil to trace onto crepe paper, coloured paper, or celophane. Cut and glue poppies on a green watercolour background to make a ‘field of poppies’ artwork. We have done this with all age groups and they look great in the classroom or even in a school common area.
3. Poppy Garden
Stick each student’s poppy onto a green straw or pipe cleaner and find a garden bed in the school to create a garden of honour or remembrance.
This idea could also work using mason jars as vases along a classroom window sill as well.
4. Class created wreath
Create a class wreath using each student’s poppy OR give students a page of poppies to create their own ANZAC wreath.
5. Words of Remembrance
Ask each child to colour a poppy (or a few poppies) and then arrange them to create a word that symbolises ANZAC or Remembrance Day, such as RESPECT, LEST WE FORGET, THANK YOU or ANZAC. Display the words in the classroom, on the school playground, at your school assembly or in the office.
6. Acknowledge the community
Repurpose the poppies to make a thank you card with special personal messages for family members or local veterans. This is a great way to make a connection with the larger community.
7. Make it 3D
We do love a 3D display here at Rainbow Sky Creations. Especially because it combines craft with students needing to applying their knowledge when completing the activity. These 3D poppies are a great activity to complete for reflection after a class discussion or you read your students a book.
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