ANZAC Day is one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national days encompassing nationhood, love and loss, and the gratitude and honor given to our servicemen and women. The poppy has increasingly become a symbol for ANZAC Day, and one that children can easily relate to (read more about the significance of the poppy here).
I believe in the importance of teaching my children about the history of our country and its people, so my husband and I made a point of visiting the War Memorial Museum in Canberra (Australia) on one of our road trips. I didn’t expect the flood of emotions that ran through me when I saw The Roll of Honour with my own eyes. Thousands of poppies lined the walls filled with too many names to count, and I felt overwhelmed by the immense loss.
It’s good to remember, and we take the time to do this particularly on ANZAC Day. A simple paper poppy is one way to mark this important occasion with kids.
Make a Paper Poppy
2 x Red cupcake cases
Green bamboo craft rods or paddle pop stick/green straw (available from craft and discount stores)
Permanent marker (or black texter)
1. Turn the two cupcake cases inside out.
2. Cut a wavy edge — in about 1 cm — around the first cupcake case.
3. Cut a wavy edge — in about 0.5 cm — around the second cupcake cases.
4. Draw a black centre inside the smaller cupcake case.
5. Glue the smaller cupcake case inside the larger one.
6. Glue the flower on to the bamboo rod (or paddle pop stick).
7. Make many and display in a vase or cup.
Tip: To ensure the paper poppies stand apart, use shredded paper or small pebbles in the base of the cup and arrange the flowers to your liking.
Our paper poppies are sitting bright and tall in the kitchen.
Lest We Forget.
Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug. She enjoys stopping for a quiet moment to feel the wind on her face and adventuring at every opportunity with her family. Her blog, Be A Fun Mum, is all about loving the little moments in life and celebrating these. Kelly lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband, four children and pet bird.