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7 simple ideas that feature the POPPY to create meaning in the classroom

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

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

Gratitude poppies

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.

Poppy artwork

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.

Remembrance Garden

This idea could also work using mason jars as vases along a classroom window sill as well.

Vase of honour

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.

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.

Words made of poppies

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.

Poppy thank you cards

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.

Learn more about this fun activity here.

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Looking for other meaningful and relevant ANZAC Day resources?

Check out these no-prep activities by clicking the images below

(we have versions for our NZ friends too)

Need something to help to teach your students about Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day Pack for Kindergarten

Remembrance Day Pack for Years 1-2

Remembrance Day Pack for Years 3-4

Remembrance Day Pack for Years 5-6

What to read next:

A list of ANZAC Day resources for Primary students

Our Fave ANZAC Day Lesson

Ways to implement NAIDOC Week celebrations in your classroom

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