Anzac Day Red Poppies Craft

Commemorate ANZAC Day with Red Poppy Crafts

Australians and New Zealanders have quite a few symbols to represent ANZAC Day, which are used to commemorate this significant time in history. The red poppy, one of the first flowers to bloom in the French and Belgian battlefields after World War I, is often associated with Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is another day of military commemoration celebrated in Australia. Over time, the red poppy has become an increasingly popular symbol of ANZAC Day as well.

There are many art and craft ideas featuring the red poppy, making it easy to incorporate into classroom activities or home projects. Here’s a simple yet meaningful way to engage students in commemorating ANZAC Day through art:

How to Use the Red Poppy Template:

  1. Download and Print the Red Poppy Template:
  2. Gather Supplies:
    • Red colouring-in pencils, crayons, or markers
    • Red crepe paper or tissue paper
    • Water paints and brushes
    • Scissors
    • Glue
  3. Decorate the Poppy:
    • Colouring: Use red pencils, crayons, or markers to colour in the poppy template.
    • Crepe Paper: Cut small squares of red crepe paper and scrunch them into tiny balls. Glue these onto the poppy template to give it a textured look.
    • Water Paints: Use red water paints to fill in the poppy template, creating a vibrant and artistic effect.
  4. Assemble the Poppy:
    • Once decorated, cut out the poppy shape from the template.
    • If you used water paints, allow the poppy to dry before cutting it out.

Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:

  • Poppy Wreath: Create a wreath by combining multiple decorated poppies. Use a large paper plate with the center cut out as the base, and glue the poppies around the edge to form a wreath.
  • Classroom Display: Create a classroom display featuring all the students’ decorated poppies. Arrange them on a bulletin board with a title like “We Remember ANZAC Day.”
  • ANZAC Stories: Pair the craft activity with a lesson about the history of ANZAC Day. Encourage students to write a short story or poem about what the day means to them and display these next to their poppy art.
  • Interactive Map: Create an interactive map of the world and mark significant locations related to ANZAC Day. Students can place their decorated poppies on these locations, learning geography along with history.

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